Re: [gardeners] Flowers, cut and otherwise

Kay Lancaster (
Fri, 20 Mar 1998 15:54:16 -0800 (PST)

If you can find some of the large pots of petunias like Pink Wave,
they come easily from cuttings (it's probably too late to start
seed now).  I'm also fond of the signet marigolds-- lemon odor, not
the usual marigold stench, and they come easily from seed.  

If you need short stuff, both parsley and sweet alyssum make good
edging.  I start them in flat pans, then just cut up the block of
soil and sprouts with a knife rather than try to transplant from
pony packs.  Borage is also fast from seed, but rather coarse...
in Iowa, with similar summer climate, I would run the lawnmower
over the borage, parsley and sweet alyssum about mid-July when
they started looking tacky, and they'd be looking good again in

Lobelia cardinalis, cardinal flower, is a nice one if you have
some wettish areas.  And Phlox drummondii and Cleome are both
easy and fast from seed.

Kay Lancaster  who just got her Chiltern's order today.
just west of Portland, OR; USDA zone 8