I love having fresh flowers in the house. There’s just something about them that just brightens up the space so much. With my new Tea Room set up, it provides the perfect opportunity to finally make use of some of the flowers I have in my garden- which has led to some interesting flower arrangements!
If you love having flowers in your home but don’t like the price (or ethics) of store bough bouquets? I definitely suggest growing your own to put on display. But what do you grow? Try looking at these rather unconventional flowers to add to your own garden- just make sure you grow them in containers and keep them in line!
Zinnias (Zinnia Elegans)
I first discovered Zinnias when i was working for my mother. Walking home from work one day, I spied these incredible, bright flowers growing up between the cracks in a lady’s sidewalk. me being me, I scooped down and began photographing them.
It wasn’t long before the Woman came out of the house and began chatting with me about the flowers. She had no idea what they were- only that her son had bought her a packet of seeds a while ago and they had escaped their planter at some point. She offered to let me take some home with her, and I gladly accepted with a plan to identify them later and transplant them into my own garden.
Unfortunately, the transplant didn’t take- and try as I might, I couldn’t identify them either. Luckily, I stumbled across a Tumblr post one day featuring beautiful Zinnia flowers and it clicked for me. First thing this year, when we got our flower boxes set up, I snagged a grab bag of Zinnia seeds and threw them in.
I did not expect them to get so large, I’ll say that right now; the mixed varieties I purchased come up to about my hip now, and show no signs of slowing down. And boy, they’re prolific bloomers, too! It seems like every day a new one opens up. What makes them even better, though, is that they’re hardy to the Oklahoma Summers- and they’re easy to grow. They also bloom far longer without wilting than most flowers I’ve grown, making them perfect for indoor arrangements.
Golden Tickseed (Coreopsis Tinctoria)
When we first moved into our house, I was surprised by the number of Native Wildflowers that cropped up in our yard. My favorites by far, though, have been the incredibly delicate Golden Tickseed flowers.
Because they’re native to most of the Prairie States, they’re easy to grow and can survive rather harsh temperatures. The only downside is that they wilt rather quickly. But they’re such prolific bloomers that it’s easy to replace them; delicate, bright yellow and red, and stringy, they’re the perfect flower to substitute for Baby’s Breath in an arrangement.
Most people can grow herbs. In fact, many of them are easy to grown and maintain- and are wonderfully suited for a small windowsill pot. But when we do grow them, it’s usually for culinary reasons- which means we often get caught up in harvesting our Herbs before they bloom. And while that does provide the best flavor for culinary purposes, it means that few of us actually know what their flowers look like. It’s such a shame, too, because Herbs have some of the most beautiful flowers!
My favorite to use in arrangements, personally, is the Cinnamon Basil I have growing in my own garden. It produces the most beautiful purple flowers- and the leaves have a gorgeous purple tint to them as well. But if you let it go well past its prime, it’ll reward you with a hearty cut that easily fills any space. what I love most about using Herbs in arrangements, though, is that I can usually pull them out after they’ve dried, and just pop them in my herb jar- making them an almost multifunctional arrangement.
Have you ever considered making a home arrangement out of these before? What unconventional flowers have you put in arrangements in the past? Let me know in the comments section!