Buying cut flowers can be an expensive treat. Beautiful bouquets can be created from your own garden. Whether you have a dedicated space to grow them in, or even if they are mixed into a border, it’s easy to grow lots and ensure you have a constant supply of fabulous flowers.
All flowering plants prefer sunny spots that have well drained soil. Many perennials and bulbs can be grown in a border, and half hardy annuals can be grown wherever there’s an empty space.
Rember once you put flowers in vase us our Cut Flower Food to prolong their life in the vase.
So, what can you grow…
Half hardy annuals
- These are some of the easiest to grow. Sow seeds directly into the soil between March and May and you will have flowers in next to no time.
- Lots to choose from including: Nicotiana alata with green blooms and Zinnias which come in pink, orange and red
- Unusual blooms include the spider flower or cleome
- Sow these between May and July for flowering the following year
- Wallflowers are among the best biennials as there are many varieties and lots of shades
- These will give you a lot of flowers each year.
- Dahlias are some of the best perennials
- Other perennials worth growing are chocolate cosmos, for its gorgeous scented flowers and chrysanthemums, such as 'Green Envy', which has acid green heads and 'Sam Oldham' for its crimson flowers.
Plant any spring flowering bulbs at the end of summer or early in autumn
Daffodils and tulips are ideal and there are many varieties including: orange Tulipa 'Ballerina', frilly purple 'Black Parrot' and desirable T. acuminata, with spidery yellow petals.
To encourage more blooms pick regularly. This will also prevent flowers from trying to set seed. Keep plants well watered. Although dahlias and other tender varieties will survive a winter in a sheltered garden