You Ask, We Answer: How Do I Create a Cutting Garden?
What is a cutting garden?
Cutting gardens are accessible because they don’t require a professional landscaper, but they should still be planned out in advance so you can enjoy blooms throughout the year—not just a burst of color all at once. You can use a free tool like this one, or just a pen and paper to map out what you’ll plant, where. You’ll want to consider when the flowers bloom, how long they bloom, how wide and tall they’ll grow.
Where should you plant your cutting garden?
In fact, companion planting your cutting garden among an existing vegetable garden is a great idea; many flowers—like borage, pot marigolds, cosmos, lavender and sweet pea— actually work to resist pests and attract pollinators. Plant your flowers and veggies in rows to make it easy to tend to weeds and to cut them as they bloom, and don’t be afraid to spread them out. Avoiding clusters will make it less noticeable when you do your cutting.
What should you plant?
Get to know your growing zone in the different parts of Connecticut for the best chance at success, then let your imagination run as wild as your flowers!