Creating a Cut-Flower Patch

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One of the things that I was keen to add to my garden, when I started redesigning it last year, was a cut-flower patch. I loved the idea of looking out of the window and seeing sprays of colour and I always enjoy having fresh flowers in the house, so I wanted to grow them myself in my garden. I have to say, it’s lived up to the hopes I had for it, as it’s been gorgeous to watch it blooming, and I’ve delighted in going out there and cutting away, putting little arrangements together to sit on my kitchen window sill. So today I will share with you how to go about creating a cut-flower patch of your own.

I’ll share mine with you so that you can see how I went about creating a cut-flower patch, step by step, in the hope that it’ll inspire a few people to add an area to their own garden for this. It is such a simple thing to do, and only needs as much space as you have, really – a metre square or an acre – you just need varying quantities of seeds. So, with just 5 easy steps, you can have one, too…

Create a Cut Flower Patch in just 5 Easy Steps

Creating a cut-flower patch

1. Get Seeds For Your Cut-Flower Patch

I bought a range from the Higgledy Garden, along with a few other packets that I’d gathered. Gardening magazines are great for including free packets from week to week, and shops such as Aldi, The Range, Wilko and Poundland often have a variety of packets. I’ve also spotted these wild flower packs over on Amazon that look good and easy to sow.

Creating a Cut-Flower Patch in 5 Easy Steps

2. Clear an area ready for your seeds, ideally in direct sunlight

This one is simply as much space as you have available. it might be a tiny bed, you might want to dig out some lawn or you might have a huge space just begging for colour. I sowed mine in April, though you can of course do it in the autumn.

3. Think Paths

If the area is fairly large, pop a brick pathway through it so that you can actually get to all the flowers to cut them. Seems so obvious, but it’s a point that is easily overlooked.

4. The Planting Of The Cut-Flower Patch

Make shallow drills lines, criss crossing, ready to sow your seeds. If like me you’re not great at identifying flowers from weeds, this should help, as your seedlings will come up in uniform lines so you can tell that they’re supposed to be there.

Creating a Cut-Flower Patch in 5 Easy Steps

5. Water that patch!

Ensure that the flower patch is well-watered. The chances are that by sowing in autumn or spring that they will be, but it’s something to be aware of. Give it a good soak.

And now sit back and enjoy the flourishing and blooming!

Creating a Cut-Flower Patch in 5 Easy Steps

Creating a Cut-Flower Patch in 5 Easy Steps

You’ll now have a whole range of flowers to pick from and bring in over the summer…

Creating a Cut-Flower Patch in 5 Easy Steps

Things I’ve learned along the way:

– It’s worth dotting some perennials through the area if it’s large, so that you’ll have year round interest. When my flowers go over in the next few weeks, I’ll clear the area and plant a few flowers and shrubs there, along with sowing again ready for next summer.

– That Godetia may be my favourite cut flower. I’d not had them before, but now I know I need them every single year! They’re the pink flowers pictured in the top right vase.

– Many of these will self seed and come back year after year, so you won’t need as many seeds to be sown as the seasons go by. Poppies are brilliant for adding colour, form Californian to Oriental, and are also fabulous and coming back year after year.

 

What do you think? Will you be creating a cut-flower patch in your garden ready to enjoy next year?

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48 thoughts on “Creating a Cut-Flower Patch”

    1. Jocelyn Reading

      Oh yes, do it, Claudia. It’s so lovely to watch it all blooming and then be able to enjoy them inside, too 🙂

  1. I LOVE this Jocelyn! That Godetia is lovely – I can see why you’d want it every year now. It’s super handy that you have shared this as it’s something I’d love to do next year – the line tip is genius!
    I love fresh flowers indoors so this would be the perfect thing for me! Thanks for sharing x
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    1. Jocelyn Reading

      I adore it. It’s so lovely looking out onto this area and I love to have fresh flowers indoors, and this has given them to me all summer. Happy to share & yes that tip’s handy – my wise mum’s tip! Thanks for hosting x

  2. This looks so lovely! We actually have a space in our garden right now that might be perfect for this, if I can add enough good soil. I don’t know why, but it never occurred to me that you could do this (rookie gardener), and it’s such a great idea, as I too love fresh flowers in the house. One for the autumn checklist. Thanks for sharing! #HDYGG
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    1. Jocelyn Reading

      I was so pleased when I came across the idea, and I know it’s something that I’ll do every year now, as it’s been so beautiful. Hope you love yours 🙂

    1. Jocelyn Reading

      Thanks very much. It looks so pretty and colourful, such a wonderful part of my garden. Hope you get yours 🙂

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