The 13 Best Flowers for Cutting and Enjoying Indoors

One of the greatest joys of gardening is bringing your beautiful blooms indoors to create stunning arrangements that brighten your home.

Bouquet with colorful gladiolus, The 13 Best Flowers for Cutting and Enjoying Indoors

Let’s look at the best flowers for cutting, focusing on their appearance, longevity, and ease of cultivation. 

Bouquet of beautiful Eustoma flowers on table in room. Space for text

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1. Roses (Rosa spp.) – Growing Zones 3-11

Beautiful red roses in pot on table

Roses are a timeless classic for cut flowers. With countless varieties, colors, and fragrances, you will surely find a rose that suits your preferences.

For the best results, choose varieties specifically bred for cutting, such as hybrid tea roses, which have long stems and large, long-lasting blooms.

2. Peonies (Paeonia spp.) – Growing Zones 3-8

Bouquet of beautiful pink peonies on counter in kitchen

Peonies are beloved for their lush, fragrant blooms and make a stunning addition to any bouquet.

The key to enjoying peonies indoors is cutting them when the buds are still tight, as they will continue to open after being cut.

Be aware that ants are often attracted to the nectar on peony buds, so gently rinse them off before bringing the flowers inside.

3. Dahlias (Dahlia spp.) – Growing Zones 7-10

Pink dahlias and wrapping paper lie on a white florist's table indoors. Preparation for creating a bouquet

Dahlias come in various colors, shapes, and sizes, making them a versatile choice for cut flowers.

Their sturdy stems and long-lasting blooms ensure they'll look great in a vase for an extended period.

Cut dahlias in the morning to maximize vase life and immediately place them in water.

4. Zinnias (Zinnia spp.) – Growing Zones 3-10

Fresh Zinnias for Sale at a local farmer's market

Zinnias are a favorite among cut flower enthusiasts for their vibrant colors and ability to last up to two weeks in a vase.

Their easy-to-grow nature makes them an excellent choice for novice gardeners.

Simply sow zinnia seeds directly into your garden bed after the last frost, and you'll enjoy an abundance of blooms perfect for cutting.

5. Sunflowers (Helianthus spp.) – Growing Zones 1-11

View of display of bright yellow sunflowers in full bloom in a green ceramic vase on a bench indoors

Sunflowers are a cheerful addition to any bouquet, with their large, bright blooms and tall, sturdy stems. Dwarf varieties are also available for those with limited garden space.

To extend the life of cut sunflowers, harvest them in the morning when their petals have just opened and remove any leaves submerged in water.

6. Lilies (Lilium spp.) – Growing Zones 4-9

Beautiful white lilies in vase on stool

Gardeners prize lilies for their elegant, trumpet-shaped blooms and delightful fragrance. Asiatic and Oriental lilies, with their long stems and impressive flowers, are particularly well-suited for cutting.

To enjoy lilies indoors, cut the stems when the lower buds show color and remove the pollen-bearing anthers to prevent staining and extend the vase life.

7. Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum spp.) – Growing Zones 5-9

chrysanthemums and pumpkins on old white windowsill

Chrysanthemums, or mums, are a popular choice for cut flowers due to their wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.

Their long-lasting blooms and availability throughout the fall make them an excellent choice for seasonal arrangements.

When cutting mums, choose stems with fully opened flowers and remove any leaves below the waterline.

8. Delphiniums (Delphinium spp.) – Growing Zones 3-7

daffodils, muscari and delphiniums in a wooden background

Delphiniums are known for their stunning, tall spires of colorful blooms, making them an eye-catching addition to any arrangement.

Cut delphinium stems when at least three flowers on the spike have opened, and remove the lower leaves before arranging.

Delphiniums are relatively easy to grow but may require staking to support their tall flower spikes.

9. Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) – Growing Zones 7-10

Snapdragon flowers in pink, red, white and yellow colors in the greek garden shop

Snapdragons are charming and versatile cut flowers with tall spikes of tubular blooms in various colors. They add height and interest to any arrangement and can last up to two weeks in a vase.

Cut snapdragon stems when the lowest flowers have opened and remove any foliage that would be submerged in water.

10. Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) – Growing Zones 8-10

Bouquet of beautiful Eustoma flowers on table in room. Space for text

Lisianthus, also known as Texas bluebells or prairie gentians, are prized for their delicate, rose-like blooms and long vase life.

They can be somewhat challenging to grow, requiring well-drained soil and full sun, but the reward of their exquisite flowers makes the effort worthwhile.

Cut lisianthus stems when the first flower on the stem has opened.

11. Alstroemeria (Alstroemeria spp.) – Growing Zones 7-10

Bouquet of pink carnations and yellow alstroemeria (Peruvian lily or Lily of the Incas) flowers

Alstroemeria, commonly known as Peruvian lilies or lily of the Incas, offers long-lasting blooms in a wide array of colors.

With their lily-like flowers and attractive foliage, alstroemeria is perfect for adding texture and variety to your cut flower arrangements.

Harvest alstroemeria stems when the first flower on the stem has opened, and remove any lower leaves before arranging.

12. Gladiolus (Gladiolus spp.) – Growing Zones 6-10

Bouquet with colorful gladiolus

With its tall spikes of vibrant, funnel-shaped flowers, gladiolus makes a dramatic statement in any bouquet.

They're available in a wide range of colors and sizes, allowing you to choose the perfect variety for your arrangement.

Cut gladiolus stems when the first one or two flowers on the spike have opened, and remove any lower leaves before placing them in water.

13. Calla Lilies (Zantedeschia spp.) – Growing Zones 8-10

Bouquet of yellow calla lily and purple calla lily flowers in a clear vase isolated on a white elegant background.

Calla lilies are known for their elegant, trumpet-shaped blooms and long, graceful stems.

Their simple yet sophisticated appearance makes them an excellent choice for modern and minimalist arrangements.

To extend the life of cut calla lilies, harvest them when the flowers are fully open and place them in water immediately.

Indoor Beauty Awaits

Spring flowers on wooden table.

The options for cutting flowers are nearly endless, with a wide variety of blooms suitable for every garden and climate.

By choosing flowers with long stems, long-lasting blooms, and a range of colors and shapes, you can create stunning arrangements that bring the beauty of your garden indoors. 

Mix and match your favorite flowers, experimenting with different combinations to find the perfect bouquet for your home, or share with friends and family.

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