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Sep 7, 2016 9:15 AM CST
I just cleared the weeds out a a 4' x 6' bed that gets full sun from noon til 5pm. I would like to plant a cutting garden and was wondering if I should do it now or wait until next spring. What do you think?

Also, what would be the best perennials (and some annuals) to plant? I am in zone 6 and have a deer and vole problem.

Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Sep 7, 2016 9:57 AM CST
Deer and vole troubles coupled with afternoon sun is going to drastically reduce the plants that are going to be happy in this garden.

Although... it's hard to go wrong with zinnia...

Maybe try sowing some annual poppies next month... nothing much bothers them until they set seed...

4x6 is really small for a cutting garden... Usually a cottage garden is like the entire yard...
Name: woofie
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Sep 7, 2016 11:50 AM CST
Agreed. Can't go wrong with zinnias. Poppies are pretty, but I haven't found them to make really good cut flowers. What about some echinacea? Oh, and dahlias from seed are easy and pretty.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Sep 8, 2016 4:19 PM CST
At my house... deer and voles love to eat echinacea.... deer eat the foliage, voles eat those fat roots...
But... echinacea grows easily from autumn planted seeds... or even late winter planted seeds... apparently it doesn't take that much cold to help break dormancy...
So... maybe the deer won't want them at your house.

Try growing cleome... deer don't seem to have any use for it, and the butterflies and night flying moths like it.

@Treesamia Where are you gardening? Knowing the general area will help us with suggestions.

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