Walking through your own cut flower garden is probably a dream of many people. But did you know that it actually isn’t that hard to achieve? Just follow these four easy steps:
Step 1 – find a place to plant the flowers
It’s probably best to find a dedicated spot (either big or small) in your garden instead of several spots throughout your garden. A lot of annual flowers benefit from some support, which is easier to achieve in a dedicated spot.
Make sure that the spot you chose meets the following requirements: enough sunshine and shelter.
Step 2 – prepare your flower spot
In case of using raised beds:
- Fork over the bottom of the beds
- Fill them with a mix of topsoil and compost
If your flower spot is directly on the soil, then thoroughly weed the area, fork it over and mulch with compost. A soil that is rich in organic matter improves water retention and drainage.
Step 3 – planting your cut-flower garden
- When planting your flowers keep in mind that you will need easy access to all the flowers.
- Make little groups of flowers that have the same needs. This prevents you from accidentally over or under watering the flowers.
- Next, sort your flowers by height. This way every flower gets enough sunshine.
- And also sort them in the order that they are expected to bloom.
- Last but not least, use mulch. This will prevent the growth of weeds.
Step 4 – maintaining your flower garden
- Keep cutting, the more you cut, the more flowers the plant will produce.
- Always keep an eye out for pests/diseases. If you spot a damaged plant, remove them before it spreads
- Water your plants at least weekly (depending on the weather).
Which flowers to grow?
This lovely scented flower is great to grow in your own garden. It’s especially important you cut the Sweet Peas on a regular basis to encourage more flowers. Cut them at the point where the lowest bloom is opening.
Sunflowers will brighten up your whole garden. You’ll be even more happy to know that they are easy to grow. Sunflowers like to be cut early in the morning or late in the evening due to the cooler temperatures.
When it comes to Dahlias it’s best to choose a variety of sizes and heights. We would also recommend you to stake the plants well (with bamboo sticks f.e.), as they’re likely to reach 4 feet tall.
Although growing your own cut Roses isn’t as easy as sunflowers, they’re worth the trouble. At least make sure that you remove any poorly place flower buds so that the plant can focus all its energy on the best flowers.
The always beautiful Carnation is famous for its long vase life. When you grow them in your own garden you can even enjoy them for a longer time. Make sure you cut them regularly to ensure lots and lots of flowers.