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Main Line Gardens
376 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-2300

Seasonal Tip

Your Own Fresh Cut Flowers
June 21, 2009

An arrangement of fresh flowers brightens any room. Imagine your satisfaction and sense of accomplishment if the flowers on display were the very same ones that you cultivated in your own garden! It is a great feeling to bring a bit of the garden indoors.

It is very easy to occasionally snip blossoms and stems from your existing landscape. However, if you would like to have a constant supply of fresh cuts, it is a good idea to actually grow a garden specifically for cutting.

Consider your garden placement carefully. Cutting gardens are usually kept out-of-sight. They are created for utility, not aesthetics.

Many flowers are suitable for a cutting garden, especially longer stemmed annuals and perennials. Cutting actually encourages these plants to produce more blooms.

Popular cutting garden choices include:
Yarrow, Salvia, Zinnia, Coneflowers, Lilies, Roses, Monkshood, Delphinium, Sunflowers, Dahlias, Liatris, Baby's Breath, Statice, and Sea Lavender. Colorful foliage and grasses are also essential for texture and filler.

Harvest stems early in the morning or in the evening. The stems contain more water and will last much longer than those that are cut during the hotter daytime hours.

It is best to cut most blooms when they are just beginning to open, or still have buds. Daisy-types should be cut when they have fully opened.

After cutting, immediately place the stems into a bucket of luke-warm water you've brought with you into the garden. Cut on a diagonal to expose a larger stem surface for more water absorption. Remove any leaves that fall below the water line to prevent rotting.

When you are ready to use your flowers, fill a vase with cool water and add a preservative. Floral preservatives can be purchased at a local flower shop, or mix 50% water with 50% lemon-lime soda. The sugar and citric acid serve the same purpose as a store-bought product.

Create your arrangement by adding a little filler foliage for structure. Add your taller cuts first and move to smaller. For optimal duration, keep your flowers away from air conditioners/heaters and out of direct sunlight.

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Read about Main Line Gardens acquiring Waterloo Gardens!

Main Line Gardens is a family-owned business that was established in 1981. More than just a full service garden center and nursery for professional landscaping and hardscaping, Main Line Gardens is an architect of beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The company's first priority and foremost goal is establishing long-term relationships with its customers by offering exceptional service and the highest quality products. This philosophy has defined its success for over 25 years and will continue for decades to follow. Main Line Gardens' experienced and professional staff takes customers all the way from design through installation, involving them every step of the way in the creation of their own outdoor landscaping paradise. Customers can choose from a full selection of plants, trees, shrubs, mulch and stones from the onsite full service nursery.

Please note that Main Line Gardens is not able to honor Waterloo Gardens gift cards/certificates, item exchanges or returns, broken or damaged items, etc. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.