If you love having beautiful blooms in your home as well as in your garden, it is worth exploring how you could cultivate flowers in your outdoor space that are also suitable to be cut and used in arrangements indoors.
Writing for the Northern Echo, Jenny Needham explained that it’s relatively easy to establish a cutting garden of your own – and that you don’t necessarily need lots of space.
She noted that the cheapest way to do this is to grow your flowers from seed, which means you will need a greenhouse or similar space where you can start to cultivate the plants during the winter. One of her pieces of advice is to stagger sowing the seeds to ensure that not all of your blooms are ready for cutting at the same time.
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Another top tip is to plant your seedlings in offset rows when you come to put them into the beds, as this will allow you to fit more plants in.
While the flowers are important, you should make sure you don’t forget about the foliage needed to create a balanced flower arrangement once you do cut your blooms. But you can be creative with this, Ms Needham suggests.
“Foliage can be anything from grasses, ferns, hostas and evergreen shrubs,” she explained.
If you’re trying to get your children interested in gardening then getting them to help you when you plant your flowers and later cut them could be a good idea. Marigolds, poppies and sunflowers were recently highlighted among the best flowers for children to grow, because they are easy to cultivate from seed and they look great.