Fresh Pick­ings

Condé Nast House & Garden - - DESIGN NOTES -

Car­rie La­timer shares how to make the most of na­ture’s bounty by grow­ing cut­ting flow­ers.

Think fillers You can eas­ily cre­ate an ar­range­ment with just a few flow­ers if you have plenty of suit­able fo­liage and filler flow­ers. Any­thing from Ger­ald­ton wax to Res­tios and co­toneaster berries make great filler plants.

Hedge fund Pick your hedg­ing plants wisely; all types can be a source of end­less filler fo­liage. Vibur­num ti­nus, Pit­tospo­rum ni­grescens and Myr­tus com­mu­nis are the clas­sic choices.

Light­bulb mo­ment Don’t over­look bulbs; they’re par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive in smaller gar­dens. Get a max­i­mum sup­ply of flow­ers through­out the year by plant­ing Arum lilies, Leu­co­jum, Nar­cis­sus, Gla­di­o­lus, Wat­so­nia and Or­nithogalum, to name a few.

Go indige­nous There is an ex­tra­or­di­nary ar­ray of lo­cal plants that make beau­ti­ful cut flow­ers. Plus, they’re nat­u­rally suited to our cli­mate. Pro­teas, pin­cush­ions, Stre­litzia, Kniphofia, Aga­pan­thus and Eu­comis are ideal.

Spot on Don’t over­look the util­ity ar­eas on the south side of your home. Many plants thrive in these cool, shady con­di­tions and make fab­u­lous spec­i­mens for cut flow­ers and fo­liage. Shade-lov­ing plants in­clude Camel­lias, Clivias and as­para­gus fern.

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