Bulbs forum: Fillers to go with bulbs in bouquets

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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Dec 20, 2010 7:49 PM CST
I have planted quite a few bulbs, lilies, tulips, daffs, and perennials, irises and poppies for my Granddaughter Jenna to make bouquets out of. She loves to make bouquets. And the lilies et al are planted in rows in my iris beds, so Jenna can work her garden, while I'm working in the sales garden.

I was trying to think of some perennials that would act as fillers for the bouquets, and all I can think of is gypsophila.

And then I thought who would know better than Neal!

So Neal, or anyone, any suggestions for fillers to grow for Jennas bouquets? Not roses, or anything thorny.

Thanks!

Oh, and full sun, zone 6.
Name: Susan B
East Tennessee (Zone 6b)
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lakesidecallas
Dec 20, 2010 8:34 PM CST
Maybe not for this year, but I know in a flower design class I took we used Salal, a leafy shrub. I don't know if it is hardy in zone 6, though.

Arborvitae
Ornamental Grasses
Ferns
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Dec 20, 2010 8:41 PM CST
Thank you Susan. I will look that up. I'm not familiar with it.

She has tons of ornamental grasses to choose from. There are some ferns, but not in that area. I love ferns with lilies, so I could always send her to cut some of them. Great idea!
Name: Bev
Garner, NC 7b
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tggfisk
Dec 21, 2010 8:15 PM CST
I like to use Baptisia stems. Love the look of the leaves.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Dec 21, 2010 8:23 PM CST
That's a great idea, too, Bev. I just happen to have some sitting in pots. I think the white ones would be especially pretty in bouquets. Thanks! I'll put some right in Jennas rows.
Name: Bev
Garner, NC 7b
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tggfisk
Dec 21, 2010 9:38 PM CST
Gives a nice vertical element, I think. Glad to help!
Name: Dahlianut
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dahlianut
Dec 23, 2010 1:47 PM CST
I like to put herbs with flowers pollyk. Summer savory, italian flatleaf parsley and the sages are a few of my favs.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Dec 23, 2010 5:35 PM CST
Well, thank you D'Nut! Great ideas!
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Feb 3, 2011 9:53 AM CST
I've been away from Cubits for some time and hadn't seen this thread, so sorry Polly. I like old fashioned coral bells as filler for arrangements, and they're usually blooming at the same time as bearded Iris and Peonies. Various blooming trees and shrubs make pretty fillers for spring bulb blooms. Feverfew is an excellent cut flower and works well with Lilies.
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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member Region: United States of America I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Lilies
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PollyK
Feb 3, 2011 5:19 PM CST
Thanks Neal. No problem, actually you're just in time. I am finishing up my Bluestone order. Since she likes the lilies, I think the feverfew is a good suggestion. And they have some nice blooming heuchera, too. Great ideas!

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