Garden Spaces: Plans for a Cutting Garden

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<strong>• Lady’s-mantle</strong> (<em>Alchemilla mollis</em>): Exquisite clusters of yellow-green flowers rise above foliage that catches the morning dew. This hardy perennial grows to about 2 1/2 feet.</p>
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<strong>• Yarrow</strong> (<em>Achillea</em> spp.): Long-lasting flowers. Many varieties are available in yellow, red, pink and white. Try ‘Coronation Gold’, ‘Moonshine’ or ‘The Pearl’. Will spread, but controllable. Hardy perennial to about 3 feet.</p>
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<strong>• Artemisia</strong> (<em>Artemisia ludoviciana</em>): While generally too aggressive for the average garden, try the better-behaved ‘Valerie Finnis’, a hardy perennial that stays to about 2 feet.</p>
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<strong>• Pinks</strong> (<em>Dianthus</em> spp.): For small arrangements, include an assortment of this wide-ranging genus, including the little carnation relatives, D. caryophyllus and D. ×allwoodii. In the garden, they are low-growers, generally under 1 foot.</p>
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<strong>• Globe thistle</strong> (<em>Echinops ritro</em>): The intricate, blue spiny seed pods add a touch of whimsy to arrangements. Hardy perennial, to 2 feet.</p>
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<strong>• Baby’s-breath</strong> (<em>Gypsophila paniculata</em>): This hardy shrub comes in both white and pink varieties, can reach about 4 feet. ‘Bristol Fairy’ has pure white, double flowers.</p>
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<strong>• Rose</strong> (<em>Rosa</em> spp.): With so many to choose from, go for the color you like best and a full flower that will unfold its petals in the warmth of the house. Try the wonderful old pink polyantha shrub rose ‘Cecile Brunner’, 3 to 4 feet tall, or ‘Chrysler Imperial’, a rich red hybrid tea that performs well on a 4- to 6-foot shrub.</p>
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<strong>• Goldenrod</strong> (<em>Solidago</em> spp.): With showy spikes of yellow flower clusters, this hardy perennial native is commonly seen along roadsides and grows best in lean soil. Can grow 3 to 4 feet or more; look for dwarf varieties.</p>
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<strong>• Sedum ×’Autumn Joy'</strong> (<em>Sedum hybrid</em>): These dusky red flower clusters are a dependable sight when the days cool off. A drought-tolerant hardy perennial, it will reach about 2 feet.</p>
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<strong>• Bee balm</strong> (<em>Monarda didyma</em>): Try both ‘Cambridge Scarlet’ and ‘Croftway Pink’. Can spread aggressively in some climates. This hardy perennial reaches 3 to 4 feet.</p>
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<strong>• Catmint</strong> (<em>Nepeta ×faassenii</em>): Blue bloom spikes cover this hardy 2-foot plant. A larger version is ‘Six Hills Giant’, a vigorous perennial to 3 feet.</p>
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<strong>• Oriental poppy</strong> (<em>Papaver orientale</em>): A robust perennial, to 3 feet, has 4-inch flowers in a range of colors from white to deep red, usually with a dark blotch at the base of the petals. Some double forms are available.</p>
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<em>Kathleen Halloran is a freelance writer and editor living and gardening in beautiful Austin, Texas.</em>
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