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 5 easy steps to create your own cut flower garden:
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. Also, keep in mind that you will need to have easy access to all the flowers in order to care for them and eventually, to harvest them. Lastly, make sure that the spot you choose offers enough sunshine and shelter to your flowers.
Step 2 – Prepare your flower spot
In case of using raised beds: rake the bottom of the beds and fill them with a mix of topsoil and compost. If your flower spot is directly on the soil, then thoroughly weed the area, rake it and mulch with compost. Did you know that soil that is rich in organic matter improves water retention and drainage?
Step 3 – Choose the flowers you would like to plant
Our suggestion for a cut flower garden would be to use primarily annual flowers. Annual flowers have a few advantages over perennials. Firstly, they are less expensive than perennials. Secondly, their blooming period lasts a lot longer than that of perennial flowers, which only bloom for about 4-6 weeks. Do you prefer quick results? Then pick annuals over perennials, as the latter often don’t bloom for the first seasons after they have been planted. On the other hand, perennials require a lot less work and attention. Unlike annuals, you don’t need to buy and plant these year after year and they often do not require daily watering.
Looking for some popular flowers to grow in your cut flower garden? Have a look at these examples:
Sweet Pea – 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.
Dahlia – 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 (e.g. with bamboo sticks), as they’re likely to reach 4 feet tall.
Sunflower – Sunflowers will brighten up your whole garden. You’ll be even happier 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.
Carnation – The always colourful 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.
Step 4 – Planting your cut flower garden
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. Additionally, 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 5 – Maintaining your cut flower garden
Keep cutting – the more you cut, the more flowers the plant will produce. It’s called a cut flower garden for a reason! ; ) Always keep an eye out for pests/diseases. If you spot a damaged plant, remove them before it spreads to other plants and flowers. Water your plants at least weekly (depending on the weather).
Did you know that spring is the perfect time to start sowing flower seeds? Read this article to learn more about what flowers seeds to sow in your cut flower garden during spring and what it means to sow under cover.