Cutting Garden in Texas - Knowledgebase Question

Dallas, TX
Question by kerry1012
December 1, 1998
I would like to plant a cutting garden containing many bulbs. I did this a few years ago in New York but I have never attempted this in my Texas my residence. We have a milder winters here among many other differences.
I would like to find out what flowers do best here and where to get the bulbs. Do you know of any books that deal specifically with bulb planting in Texas?


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Answer from NGA
December 1, 1998

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There are many flowers for cutting gardens in your area. This would include annual flowers as well as bulbs and other perennials. Some of the better flowers include:

Annuals - zinnia, celosia, sunflower, marigold, gomphrena, coreopsis.
Perennials - ginger, yarrow, salvia, Shasta daisy, rose, echinacea (Purple Coneflower).
Bulbs & Tubers - daffodil, amarylis, snowdrop, daylilly, iris, Gladiolus, Alstromeria pulchella (Peruvian Lilly), Montbretia (Crocosmia Pottsii).

Let me refer you to some excellent books and other resources, available at your local bookstore, to guide you through your many options:

"Perennial Garden Color" by William Welch (Lists some sources)
"Garden Bulbs for the South" by Scott Ogden

If you need sources of specific bulbs, or seeds, submit another question and we'll be happy to assist you. Thanks for the question and good luck with your cutting garden!

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