Gardening | 27 September 20173 Hardy Annual Flowers for Your Cut Garden Share article facebook twitter google pinterest For those not in the know, a cut garden (also called a cut patch) is a plot of your garden used specially to grow flowers you plan to cut and arrange. They’re often beautiful annuals used to decorate your home, a gift for your mom, or even a wedding bouquet. Flowers from your cut garden are the perfect replacement for the blooms you’d buy at a floral shop or supermarket, plus they bring the added sense of pride that you grew them yourself. After all, who wouldn’t want to decorate their home with flowers they grew themselves? Here are a few annuals to think about as you plan next season’s cut garden. Larkspur An annual plant similar to a delphinium, larkspur is perfect for the cut flower patch. It is a smaller plant than its perennial cousin, with more delicate foliage and flowers, and is a more prolific flowerer. Its tall slender stems are covered in buds, with the flowers opening gradually from the bottom upwards. They have an excellent vase life of up to two weeks – more if you can keep them somewhere cool. Floral Tip – Tall spires of flowers to add height to your arrangements. Love-in-a-Mist The name love-in-a-mist alludes to the flowers held on stems among a haze of feathery, fennel-like foliage. This quintessential cottage garden plant, which has been grown in Britain since Elizabethan times, actually originates from the southern Mediterranean, the Balkans, and North Africa. It’s native countries give an indication as to the growing conditions it prefers – well-drained, light soils and full sun. Floral Tip – This is a romantic flower, perfect for weddings. Sunflower You’ve certainly seen these on the roadside or in sprawling fields. Sunflowers are easy to grow and the large, bright cheerful flower heads cannot fail to make you smile. It is worth choosing the variety carefully, particularly on a small plot, as some are much more suitable for cutting than others. There are both annual and perennial types, but annuals are the ones you want on your cutting patch. Floral Tip – This bright and cheerful flower is always nice addition to any arrangement. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: AU: An inspiring guide to transforming a small patch of ground, be it on an allotment or in a garden, into a cut flower patch which produces flowers from early spring to late autumn.Louise Curley looks at what makes a great cut flower, ideal conditions, and soil and the tools you’ll need. There is advice on what to grow – from favorite hardy annuals, half hardies and biennials to spring and summer bulbs to adding foliage and fillers to balance arrangements – and advice on how and when to sow, how to support your plants and tips on weeding, deadheading, pests, and feeding. Growing your own means greater choice, working with the seasons and super fresh flowers. Bought flowers can be expensive and the international flower trade often means dangerous chemicals, poor working conditions for growers, demands on water resources and the ‘flower miles’ of worldwide air freight. This book will help you get the most from your patch with guidance on how to cut the flowers so that they keep producing more blooms and how to look after them once they have been picked. The Cut Flower Patch is completed by a selection of flower arranging tips and sample arrangements as well as tips on finding great containers, planting plans and a helpful year planner Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.