Top Cut Flower Favorites

Spring is finally here and we have been busy as bees preparing for the season. Check out our picks for the most popular and prolific cut flower species Applewood Seed Co. has to offer.


Zinnia elegans

Zinnias have been a mainstay here at Applewood Seed Co. for many years. Ranging from pink to orange, violet, and whites, these natives to Mexico make an excellent cut flower for agritourism operations, farmers’ markets, or for pollinator meadows. Our most popular cut flower zinnia is our ‘California Giants’ which we produce from a formula mix, ensuring fields of balanced colors in pink, purple, red, orange, white, and yellow. Other specialty zinnias which make fantastic cuts include ‘Cactus Flowered Mix’ or one of our many specialty color mixtures.


Helianthus spp.

What cut flower arrangement is complete without sunflowers? In hues of red, orange, yellow in a variety of heights, sunflowers burst with color in the back of beds and borders. We carry a variety of heights and branching habits to best fit our customer’s growing conditions and preferences. Favorites (pollen and all) include the dwarf ‘Sunspot’ for its bright cheery heads, ‘Chocolate Cherry’ for its deep burgundy petals, ‘Lemon Queen’ for its classic yellow petals, and ‘Henry Wilde’ with its strong, branching stems which make them ideal for cutting.


Cosmos bipinnatus

Gorgeous blooms with delicate lacy foliage, cosmos come in a wide range of colors, from white and pink to deep red and burgundy, as well as bi-colored and multi-colored varieties. This makes them a versatile choice for floral arrangements, as they can be used to complement or contrast with other flowers. In addition to their beautiful flowers, cosmos plants also have attractive foliage, with feathery leaves that add texture and interest to floral arrangements. Choose from bipinnatus species like Sensation Mix, Candystripe, and Sea Shells.

Sulphur Cosmos

Cosmos sulphureus

Sulphur Cosmos dazzle with yellow, orange, and red in the cutting and pollinator gardens. They add a pop of color to any floral arrangement, making them a popular choice for special occasions like weddings or parties. Sulphur Cosmos produce an abundance of flowers, so you can harvest them regularly for use as cut flowers without having a noticeable impact on your garden’s beauty. Find highly adaptable mixtures like ‘Bright Lights Mix’ and the shorter Dwarf Mixed to fit a variety of cut flower lengths and needs.


Rudbeckia spp.

Vibrant and hardy, rudbeckias have a long vase life and can last up to a week or more in a vase with proper care. Their sturdy stems and blooms also hold up well over time, making them a good choice for floral arrangements that will be on display for several days. In addition to the classic Black-Eyed Susan, check out specialty cultivars such as ‘Marmalade’ and ‘Gloriosa’. Highly adaptable and perfect for the cottage garden, beds, borders, and cutting.

For more information or a free commercial consultation on seed selection, seed quality issues, planting times, soil preparation or seeding techniques, contact us:

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