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Heat-loving Flowers and Foliage

One of the most common email messages we get is: “I live in a hot climate. What seeds would thrive in my area?”

While I wish that every gardener could grow whatever varieties they wanted, that’s simply not possible. Here in the temperate Pacific Northwest, varieties that love the heat have to be grown in a greenhouse in order to thrive. Meanwhile, some of vancouver flower shop who live in hot, arid climates aren’t able grow many of the most delicate treasures like sweet peas, foxglove, and stock because their climate is just too harsh.

I thought it would be helpful to share a list of some of the easiest-to-grow cut flowers that can take the heat. If you live where the summers get hot and you are looking for some tried-and-true winners to plant into your cutting garden, here are some great suggestions for you.

Amaranth 'Green Tails'Amaranth: Amaranth is easy to grow and a great choice for beginning gardeners. I have grown just about every variety of amaranth on the market, and while all make great additions to large-scale arrangements, there are a few varieties that I grow in abundance every year.

My all-time favorite is ‘Green Tails’ (pictured above) because its long chartreuse tassels add texture and combine beautifully with both bright and pastel color palettes. ‘Coral Fountain’ has the same growth habit as ‘Green Tails’ but is the most exquisite shade of dusty pink that resembles sun-faded velvet. ‘Hot Biscuits’ produces abundant golden-brown stems that add a unique textural quality to arrangements. It mixes well with just about everything.
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Cut foliage is prone to wilting in the heat, so harvest in the coolest parts of the day and place directly into water to rest for a few hours before arranging.   

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Marigolds are some of the toughest plants you can grow and make excellent additions to mixed bouquets. These garden workhorses benefit from pinching earlier than most, when they are around 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) tall.
Marigold flower mixhttps://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-25-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-25-370x246.jpg 370w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-25.jpg 1000w" data-lazy-sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-lazy-src="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-25-640x426.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" srcset="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-25-640x426.jpg 640w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-25-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-25-370x246.jpg 370w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-25.jpg 1000w" data-was-processed="true" style="box-sizing: inherit; max-width: 100%; display: inline-block; vertical-align: middle; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 45px; min-width: 100%; height: auto !important;" />I happen to love the miniature-flowering varieties.

‘Starfire Mix’ (pictured above) is a cheerful blend of miniature-flowered marigolds and a must-grow for mixed bouquets. Each plant produces 15 to 20 branching stems that reach more than 30 inches (76 cm) and are loaded with dozens of penny-sized glowing blooms in shades of red, orange, and gold, with numerous color variations and bicolors. The ferny foliage is wilt-resistant and scented, making it a summer bouquet staple.

‘Tangerine Gem’ is very similar, with glowing tangerine blooms with darker orange centers. It reaches more than 24 inches (61 cm). With each of these varieties, harvest when one-third to one-half of the flowers on a spray are open. Will last 7 to 10 days in the vase.

We are doing a big marigold trial this coming year, and I’m excited to see what we discover. Johnny’s Selected Seeds has a few great varieties available including ‘Giant Orange’ and ‘Giant Yellow’.

Mixed bright colors of celosia flowershttps://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-21-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-21-370x246.jpg 370w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-21.jpg 1000w" data-lazy-sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-lazy-src="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-21-640x426.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" srcset="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-21-640x426.jpg 640w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-21-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-21-370x246.jpg 370w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-21.jpg 1000w" data-was-processed="true" style="box-sizing: inherit; max-width: 100%; display: inline-block; vertical-align: middle; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 45px; min-width: 100%; height: auto !important;" />Celosia: Grown for their unique textural blooms, celosias are vigorous and free-flowering. A summer cutting garden workhorse, they thrive in hot and dry conditions.

These easy-to-grow flowers come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and forms, ranging from a crested cockscomb that my kids call “brain flower” to spikey, plumed forms that are great accents for bouquets. I love them all.

Flower heads get bigger over time, so pick when they are the size that you want, but before they go to seed. Celosias often last 2 weeks as fresh flowers and also can be dried for later use. Hang freshly cut stems upside down in a warm dark place for 2 to 3 weeks or until they are firm to the touch.

‘Coral Reef’ (pictured above) is a fun new introduction from our breeding program. It’s filled with unique coral-like blooms in shades of orange, salmon, peach, and raspberry that look like they belong in the sea.

Bouquet of celosia flowershttps://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-20-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-20-370x246.jpg 370w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-20.jpg 1000w" data-lazy-sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-lazy-src="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-20-640x426.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" srcset="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-20-640x426.jpg 640w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-20-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-20-370x246.jpg 370w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NewVarietyPreview-20.jpg 1000w" data-was-processed="true" style="box-sizing: inherit; max-width: 100%; display: inline-block; vertical-align: middle; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 45px; min-width: 100%; height: auto !important;" />‘Fruit Punch’ (pictured above) is another special mix from our breeding program that includes fan-shaped blooms in shades of magenta, rose, salmon, and apricot. Both of these new mixes have towering plants with a branching habit and will churn out buckets of large, velvety flower heads for the better part of summer.
Champagne celosiahttps://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-6-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-6-370x246.jpg 370w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-6.jpg 1000w" data-lazy-sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-lazy-src="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-6-640x426.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" srcset="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-6-640x426.jpg 640w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-6-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-6-370x246.jpg 370w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-6.jpg 1000w" data-was-processed="true" style="box-sizing: inherit; max-width: 100%; display: inline-block; vertical-align: middle; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 45px; min-width: 100%; height: auto !important;" />‘Pink Champagne’ (pictured above) is a special mix from our breeding program. It includes a wide range of shapes and sizes including fans, brains, and plumes in shades of champagne, peach, and buttercream. It will churn out buckets of velvety flower heads for the better part of summer. A must-grow for wedding work.
Plume celosiahttps://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-3-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-3-370x246.jpg 370w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-3.jpg 1000w" data-lazy-sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-lazy-src="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-3-640x426.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" srcset="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-3-640x426.jpg 640w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-3-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-3-370x246.jpg 370w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-3.jpg 1000w" data-was-processed="true" style="box-sizing: inherit; max-width: 100%; display: inline-block; vertical-align: middle; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 45px; min-width: 100%; height: auto !important;" />We’re so excited to finally share the treasured variety ‘Texas Plume Vintage Rose Mix’ (pictured above) with gardeners all over the world. The original stock for this coveted celosia came from famed Texas flower farmers Pamela and Frank Arnosky. Years ago we were gifted the tiniest pinch of seed, which we’ve slowly grown out and increased over time. This mix is a blend of blush, pewter, and sun-bleached velvet set against striking dark foliage. It’s heartbreakingly beautiful.

Celosiahttps://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Celosia1-1024x682.jpg 1024w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Celosia1-1440x960.jpg 1440w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Celosia1-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Celosia1-2000x1333.jpg 2000w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Celosia1-370x247.jpg 370w" data-lazy-sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-lazy-src="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Celosia1-640x426.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" srcset="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Celosia1-640x426.jpg 640w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Celosia1-1024x682.jpg 1024w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Celosia1-1440x960.jpg 1440w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Celosia1-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Celosia1-2000x1333.jpg 2000w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Celosia1-370x247.jpg 370w" data-was-processed="true" style="box-sizing: inherit; max-width: 100%; display: inline-block; vertical-align: middle; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 45px; min-width: 100%; height: auto !important;" />A few other solid performers to try: ‘Pampas Plume Mix’ (pictured above), ‘Supercrest Mix’, and ‘Texas Plume Summer Sherbet Mix’.

armload of Cosmoshttps://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog4-Floret_Cosmos_Rubenza_IMG_0773-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog4-Floret_Cosmos_Rubenza_IMG_0773-1440x960.jpg 1440w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog4-Floret_Cosmos_Rubenza_IMG_0773-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog4-Floret_Cosmos_Rubenza_IMG_0773-2000x1333.jpg 2000w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog4-Floret_Cosmos_Rubenza_IMG_0773-370x247.jpg 370w" data-lazy-sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-lazy-src="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog4-Floret_Cosmos_Rubenza_IMG_0773-640x427.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" srcset="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog4-Floret_Cosmos_Rubenza_IMG_0773-640x427.jpg 640w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog4-Floret_Cosmos_Rubenza_IMG_0773-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog4-Floret_Cosmos_Rubenza_IMG_0773-1440x960.jpg 1440w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog4-Floret_Cosmos_Rubenza_IMG_0773-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog4-Floret_Cosmos_Rubenza_IMG_0773-2000x1333.jpg 2000w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog4-Floret_Cosmos_Rubenza_IMG_0773-370x247.jpg 370w" data-was-processed="true" style="box-sizing: inherit; max-width: 100%; display: inline-block; vertical-align: middle; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 45px; min-width: 100%; height: auto !important;" />Cosmos: Of all the annual plants you can grow in your cutting garden, few are as productive as cosmos. They truly are a cut-and-come-again flower; the more you harvest them, the more they bloom. A single planting will produce buckets of daisy-like blooms for many months.

Some of my favorites are the fluffy blooms of the double-flowered cosmos from the ‘Double Click Series’ and the rich, velvety flowers of both ‘Rubenza’ (pictured above) and ‘Velouette’.

Pastel globe amaranthhttps://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Floret_Globe-Amaranth_Pastel_IMG_4224-150x150.jpg 150w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Floret_Globe-Amaranth_Pastel_IMG_4224-1024x1024.jpg 1024w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Floret_Globe-Amaranth_Pastel_IMG_4224-1440x1440.jpg 1440w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Floret_Globe-Amaranth_Pastel_IMG_4224-300x300.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Floret_Globe-Amaranth_Pastel_IMG_4224-90x90.jpg 90w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Floret_Globe-Amaranth_Pastel_IMG_4224-470x470.jpg 470w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Floret_Globe-Amaranth_Pastel_IMG_4224-550x550.jpg 550w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Floret_Globe-Amaranth_Pastel_IMG_4224.jpg 2000w" data-lazy-sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-lazy-src="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Floret_Globe-Amaranth_Pastel_IMG_4224-640x640.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" srcset="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Floret_Globe-Amaranth_Pastel_IMG_4224-640x640.jpg 640w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Floret_Globe-Amaranth_Pastel_IMG_4224-150x150.jpg 150w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Floret_Globe-Amaranth_Pastel_IMG_4224-1024x1024.jpg 1024w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Floret_Globe-Amaranth_Pastel_IMG_4224-1440x1440.jpg 1440w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Floret_Globe-Amaranth_Pastel_IMG_4224-300x300.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Floret_Globe-Amaranth_Pastel_IMG_4224-90x90.jpg 90w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Floret_Globe-Amaranth_Pastel_IMG_4224-470x470.jpg 470w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Floret_Globe-Amaranth_Pastel_IMG_4224-550x550.jpg 550w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Floret_Globe-Amaranth_Pastel_IMG_4224.jpg 2000w" data-was-processed="true" style="box-sizing: inherit; max-width: 100%; display: inline-block; vertical-align: middle; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 45px; min-width: 100%; height: auto !important;" />Globe Amaranth: These summer darlings have adorable, button-like blooms that look great in bouquets. They thrive in the heat, and the more you cut, the more they bloom. Freshly harvested flowers can last up to 2 weeks in the vase and can be dried and used for autumn projects and crafts.

If you’re looking for bright, cheerful colors, choose ‘Sunset Mix’, which includes magenta, red, and orange. If you’re drawn to the softer tones, choose ‘Pastel Mix’ (pictured above) for white, rose, soft pink, and pale lilac. It’s perfect for wedding work.

We’re also introducing globe amaranth in individual colors, including ‘White’ and two pastels: ‘Pink’ has beautiful soft-blush blooms that darken toward the base, giving them added dimension; ‘Rose’ is a soft rose-pink that resembles wild clover.

Hyacinth bean plant at Florethttps://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-hyacinthbean-1024x682.jpg 1024w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-hyacinthbean-1440x960.jpg 1440w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-hyacinthbean-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-hyacinthbean-2000x1333.jpg 2000w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-hyacinthbean-370x247.jpg 370w" data-lazy-sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-lazy-src="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-hyacinthbean-640x426.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" srcset="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-hyacinthbean-640x426.jpg 640w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-hyacinthbean-1024x682.jpg 1024w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-hyacinthbean-1440x960.jpg 1440w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-hyacinthbean-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-hyacinthbean-2000x1333.jpg 2000w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-hyacinthbean-370x247.jpg 370w" data-was-processed="true" style="box-sizing: inherit; max-width: 100%; display: inline-block; vertical-align: middle; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 45px; min-width: 100%; height: auto !important;" />Hyacinth Bean ‘Ruby Moon’: This vigorous climber puts on a dazzling show from midsummer to the first frost, making it a must-grow for any gardener. Its eye-catching dark foliage is smothered in wine-colored pea-like blossoms.

As the flowers fade, long stems covered in vivid, glossy plum seed pods appear. A unique, textural addition to bouquets, these pods add rich color that combines beautifully with almost any color palette.

Orach as cut flower foliagehttps://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Atriplex-1024x682.jpg 1024w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Atriplex-1440x960.jpg 1440w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Atriplex-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Atriplex-2000x1333.jpg 2000w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Atriplex-370x247.jpg 370w" data-lazy-sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-lazy-src="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Atriplex-640x426.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" srcset="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Atriplex-640x426.jpg 640w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Atriplex-1024x682.jpg 1024w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Atriplex-1440x960.jpg 1440w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Atriplex-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Atriplex-2000x1333.jpg 2000w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-Atriplex-370x247.jpg 370w" data-was-processed="true" style="box-sizing: inherit; max-width: 100%; display: inline-block; vertical-align: middle; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 45px; min-width: 100%; height: auto !important;" />Orach: I discovered this fantastic plant in a friend’s veggie patch some years back and have been a huge fan ever since. Early in the season the leafy stems can be harvested for bouquets. The more you cut, the more it produces. Stems hold best when given a quick searing treatment directly after harvest. Just dip the bottom 2 inches (5 cm) of the stems into boiling water for 10 to 15 seconds, then plunge them into a bucket of cool water.

If plants are left to grow on, you will be rewarded with gorgeous seedy stems by midsummer that are a favorite with designers and wonderful in bouquets. Seeded stems do not need any special postharvest treatment and often last 2 weeks. For a large flush of smaller, more usable stems, be sure to pinch plants hard at 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm). Succession plant every few weeks for an extended harvest.

There are three main colors available: green, burgundy, and a greenish-blush. ‘Ruby Gold’ (pictured above) has eye-catching foliage of glowing acid-green, and stalks are streaked with cranberry. Seeded stems are a blend of dusty rose and sun-bleached moss.

Red Leaf Hibiscushttps://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7446-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7446-1440x960.jpg 1440w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7446-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7446-2000x1333.jpg 2000w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7446-370x247.jpg 370w" data-lazy-sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-lazy-src="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7446-640x427.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" srcset="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7446-640x427.jpg 640w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7446-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7446-1440x960.jpg 1440w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7446-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7446-2000x1333.jpg 2000w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7446-370x247.jpg 370w" data-was-processed="true" style="box-sizing: inherit; max-width: 100%; display: inline-block; vertical-align: middle; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 45px; min-width: 100%; height: auto !important;" /> Red Leaf Hibiscus Mahogany Splendor at Florethttps://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7439-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7439-1440x960.jpg 1440w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7439-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7439-2000x1333.jpg 2000w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7439-370x247.jpg 370w" data-lazy-sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-lazy-src="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7439-640x427.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" srcset="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7439-640x427.jpg 640w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7439-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7439-1440x960.jpg 1440w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7439-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7439-2000x1333.jpg 2000w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-670B7439-370x247.jpg 370w" data-was-processed="true" style="box-sizing: inherit; max-width: 100%; display: inline-block; vertical-align: middle; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 45px; min-width: 100%; height: auto !important;" />Red Leaf Hibiscus ‘Mahogany Splendor’: With dramatic deep burgundy foliage that resembles Japanese maple leaves, this plant provides great height to garden borders and adds drama to large container plantings.

Grown primarily for its striking, serrated foliage, red leaf hibiscus only produces flowers indoors in temperate regions. The more you cut this heat- and drought-tolerant plant, the more it produces.

https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-10-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-10-370x246.jpg 370w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-10.jpg 1000w" data-lazy-sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-lazy-src="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-10-640x426.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" srcset="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-10-640x426.jpg 640w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-10-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-10-370x246.jpg 370w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Heat-Lovers-10.jpg 1000w" data-was-processed="true" style="box-sizing: inherit; max-width: 100%; display: inline-block; vertical-align: middle; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 45px; min-width: 100%; height: auto !important;" />Statice: Considered one of the best flowers to use dried, statice is also great fresh. Easy to grow, great for beginners and very productive, this versatile plant produces papery flower bracts and blooms over a long period of time. ‘Pastel Mix’ (pictured above) includes cool tones like violet, lavender, blush, rose, and mauve.
Blue staticehttps://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Dryables-3-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Dryables-3-370x247.jpg 370w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Dryables-3.jpg 1000w" data-lazy-sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-lazy-src="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Dryables-3-640x427.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" srcset="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Dryables-3-640x427.jpg 640w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Dryables-3-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Dryables-3-370x247.jpg 370w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Dryables-3.jpg 1000w" data-was-processed="true" style="box-sizing: inherit; max-width: 100%; display: inline-block; vertical-align: middle; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 45px; min-width: 100%; height: auto !important;" />If you’re looking for individual colors, we have a stunning icy ‘Light Blue’ (pictured above), and Johnny’s Selected Seeds carries apricot, white, purple, rose, and yellow.

Armload of strawflower dried flower at Floret Flower Farmhttps://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-strawflowersplice-1024x682.jpg 1024w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-strawflowersplice-1440x960.jpg 1440w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-strawflowersplice-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-strawflowersplice-2000x1333.jpg 2000w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-strawflowersplice-370x247.jpg 370w" data-lazy-sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-lazy-src="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-strawflowersplice-640x426.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" srcset="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-strawflowersplice-640x426.jpg 640w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-strawflowersplice-1024x682.jpg 1024w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-strawflowersplice-1440x960.jpg 1440w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-strawflowersplice-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-strawflowersplice-2000x1333.jpg 2000w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-strawflowersplice-370x247.jpg 370w" data-was-processed="true" style="box-sizing: inherit; max-width: 100%; display: inline-block; vertical-align: middle; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 45px; min-width: 100%; height: auto !important;" />Strawflower Apricot Mixhttps://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-IMG_7372-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-IMG_7372-1440x960.jpg 1440w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-IMG_7372-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-IMG_7372-2000x1333.jpg 2000w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-IMG_7372-370x247.jpg 370w" data-lazy-sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-lazy-src="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-IMG_7372-640x427.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" srcset="https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-IMG_7372-640x427.jpg 640w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-IMG_7372-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-IMG_7372-1440x960.jpg 1440w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-IMG_7372-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-IMG_7372-2000x1333.jpg 2000w, https://www.floretflowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FloretBlog-IMG_7372-370x247.jpg 370w" data-was-processed="true" style="box-sizing: inherit; max-width: 100%; display: inline-block; vertical-align: middle; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 45px; min-width: 100%; height: auto !important;" />Strawflower: A versatile and textural addition to the cutting garden, strawflower can be used fresh and also dried for use in fall bouquets and wreaths. Also known as everlasting flowers, these papery blooms hold their color and shape indefinitely when dried. Pollinators love them.

If you’re looking for flowers in the pink tones, ‘Candy Pink’, ‘Silvery Rose’, and ‘Pomegranate’ are all stunning. I love ‘Dragon Fire’ for its rich, nearly black blooms, but ‘Apricot Mix’ (pictured growing above) will forever be my favorite.

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