Low-water Flowers To Cut and Arrange

A bouquet of flowers can make a special occasion much more special! But it’s also just fun to cut flowers from your own garden for table arrangements and a little bit of color and scent inside, especially on a cloudy day.

Flower arrangement with sunflower and other low-water annuals
I am not the best at arranging flowers, but I know what I like. These are all low-water annuals or perennials from our garden.

Many xeric plants produce gorgeous, colorful blooms that you can cut for your vases. You’ll save water and money! Here are a few I enjoy:

Cosmos. This colorful annual comes up each year from seed in whites, pinks and nearly purple. Mature plants are drought tolerant, and might even get leggy if they receive too much water.

Echinacea (coneflower). This versatile flower and medicinal herb now comes in a deep red, but often is a light purple.

Sunflower. Sunflowers are so striking in an arrangement or on their own. Something chomped off the deep red ones we planted, but we got plenty from birds or wind.

Zinnia. Having zinnias in an arrangement gives you more size, shape and color choices. They grow easily from seed. Try to avoid watering them from overhead.

Coreopsis. I love these smaller, delicate flowers in the garden, and could just see their reds, oranges and yellows brightening up an arrangement.

Coreopsis is a versatile and sun-loving flower that grows as an annual or perennial, depending on zone and cultivar.

Gaillardia (blanket flower). Yes, my favorite wild annual – the blanket flower – works well as a cut flower too.

Mexican hat. This is another wildflower annual in New Mexico. The bloom is small, but different.

Native rose. I like to cut a bloom or two for a tiny bud vase.

native rose in bud vase
You don’t have to have high-water, high-maintenance hybrid roses to enjoy a bloom in a bud vase.

Of course, native plants often make good cut flowers and it never hurts to try a native wildflower from your region in an arrangement. If it’s a wildflower, chances are you’ll be seeing it again! Here’s an article I wrote for Your Home Wizards on arranging flowers by threes. And for information on how to care for your cut flowers, here’s a nice fact sheet from the University of Illinois.