How to Grow a Cut Flower Garden

Last Updated on 11/08/2021 by Amber Williams

Growing cut flowers has surged in popularity over recent years, along with the grow your own product trend. Growing cut flowers is so easy to do, there will be no need to hit the supermarkets for bouquets again! Discover the best cut flower tips, as well as the most popular summer blooms to grow for cutting.

Two ways to start growing cut flowers

Use existing borders

Utilise existing beds and borders by planting groups of annuals, perennials and bulbs suited for cutting to allow for picking without affecting the overall appearance of the border. Add in a few interesting shrubs and grasses for texture and extra interest!

Create a cutting garden

Dedicate an area of the garden to growing cut flowers. If space allows, the advantage of a cutting garden area over picking from borders is that it avoids depleting beds and borders. Choose a sunny area of the garden, and apply moderate applications of general fertilisers over the space; this will help get tall healthy growth and abundant flowers.

The best cut flowers for spring

Bulbs

The most popular spring bulbs for cutting are tulips, daffodils, and lilies, due to their strong stems and assortment of shapes and colours. Tulips in particular are great for displaying in your favourite vase, where they will make a great impact to your bouquets. Daffodils are also a classic option as spring cut flowers, reminding us all of those fresh spring mornings.

Perennials

Perennials are perfect for cut flower displays because they’ll grow back year after year and provide wonderful blooms each summer. Peonies¬†make wonderful late-spring cut flowers and have a long vase life, whereas forget-me-nots and bluebells create a sweet, smaller bouquet, but still impactful all the same. These beautiful flowers provide copious amounts of colour and interest in vases around the home.¬†

Shrubs

What about shrubs? Roses are renowned for their fabulous fragrance and pretty blooms, and there are plenty of varieties that bloom in late spring! Simply snip a few stems of your beautiful bushes in the spring.

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