How to: Grow cut flowers

Nothing beats the charm of home grown flowers – they’re simply perfect for brightening up your living space and bringing a taste of the summer garden indoors. What’s more, they make a beautiful gift – just tie a bunch with a piece of raffia for a homespun feel full of shabby chic appeal. Best of all, flowers for cutting are incredibly easy to grow, with a few methods to try depending on the space you have and how adventurous you want to be. And you don’t have to spend a fortune either – a couple of packets of seed are all that’s needed, meaning you can have vases of flowers all summer long for just a few pounds.

What you'll need:

  • Hoe
  • Rake
  • Garden twine
  • Flower seed
  • Dahlia tubers
  • Lily bulbs
  • Plastic pots
  • Seed tray
  • Compost
  • Watering can
  • Plant labels and pencil

Step 1
Sow flower seed directly into the ground outside – it doesn’t matter where it is, as long as the area gets a bit of sunshine. Weed and rake the earth, and sow the seed following the packet instructions – sow a few rows so your cutting patch doesn’t look bare after picking. Seeds to sow outside include nigella, cornflowers and calendula.

Step 2
Some seeds need starting off on a windowsill or in a greenhouse – either is fine as long as the location is warm and bright. Sow them in seed trays and grow them on until they’re ready to plant out. Try zinnias, cosmos and sweet peas.

Step 3
Dahlias and lilies also make wonderful cut flowers. Plant them in pots and add them to flower beds once they’re established plants. They’re available in all shapes and sizes so grow a mix for variety. Dahlias flower for months on end, so you’ll still be picking in the autumn.


Top Tips:

Grow more flowers than you could possibly need for cutting – this way the garden will look wonderful all summer long.