Bouquets and Stress Relief

Bouquets and Stress Relief

Many studies show that flowers reduce stress, anxiety and raise levels of creativity. Adding a few flowers to your daily life can reduce depression and anxiety and boost creativity. I’d add that flowers bring joy to our lives and spreads happiness when we share a bouquet of cut flowers with others. So growing annuals and perennials for cutting flowers is another way to discover wellness in our own backyards.

It’s not too late to plant flowers for cutting. Whether you stick a few sunflower seeds in the soil (I did this over the weekend), add some annuals to your beds, or purchase some perennials that make good cutting flowers, June is a good month for planting.

Red and blue salvia mix with zinnias and Nicotiana in this flower border that is the source for summer-long bouquets.

Here are a few suggestions for plants that are easy to grow and make great additions to bouquets:

Blue Horizon Ageratum
Salvia (any of them!)

Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’
Lady’s Mantle
Stokesia (stokes aster)
Shasta daisies
Bee Balm
Summer Phlox

Recently I was at a garden club where they had a flower show. Such exhibits highlight perfect stems and flowers, and I’ve always loved how the collection looks in their clear glass bottles. In this group stems from June flowering perennials are shown arranged with a label that names the plants.


So I made this flower show above my kitchen sink. All you need is an assortment of bottles of a variety of sizes, and random stems of flowers from your garden.


Salvia flowers (red, blue or other colors) are good for cutting and attract butterflies and hummingbirds as well. Win, win, win!  Stress reduction and beautiful bouquets? Yes, indeed…

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