Grow a Great Cutting Garden
No matter how well-stocked your supermarket is, there are great cut flowers you aren't likely to see there.
Cosmos and Cleome
1: Cosmos (C. bipinnatus), left. Daisylike flowers, 3 to 4 inches wide, with tufted yellow centers; available in shades of white, pink, and dark rose. Charming appearance, proliferation of bloom, long season. For longer vase life, cut while yellow center florets are still closed.
2: Cleome (C. hasslerana). Large, rounded heads of pink or white flowers with long, protruding stamens. Dramatic flower, long season. Foliage has a strong, haylike scent. Dried seed capsules also useful in arrangements.