You don’t have to have a large yard to enjoy fresh-cut flowers from the garden. Explore the best cut flowers to grow for each season, which plants to tuck here and there or to grow in ornamental containers. Embrace the trendy (and sustainable) slow flower, locally grown movement right in your own back yard.
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, an award-winning journalist, has been writing a weekly gardening column for The Indianapolis Star since 1989. She is a regular contributor to Indiana Gardening Magazine and is the editor of Iowa Gardener, Michigan Gardening, Minnesota Gardener and Wisconsin Gardening magazines. She is vice president of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators, a director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art Horticultural Society, member of the Cultural Landscape Committee of Indiana Landmarks and an Advanced Master Gardener. She speaks throughout the country (you can read reviews at greatgardenspeakers.com). She and Tom Tyler co-authored the best-selling The Indiana Gardener’s Guide, and she wrote The Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens. Jo Ellen trials about 100 plants a year and has been working for nearly 20 years at a large, independent garden center in Indianapolis, where for two years, she was the buyer of perennials, trees, shrubs and bulbs. See her website at www.hoosiergardener.com