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How to Plant a Cutting Garden

Part of the pleasure of a garden is seeing it in bloom. But it’s also a pleasure to be able to bring some of those blooms indoors, or even give them as gifts to those you love, in the form of cut flowers.

It can be hard, however, to bring yourself to cut those precious blooms, which is where creating your own cutting garden has great benefits. You can plant flowers specifically to be cut and made into floral displays and bouquets, often safe in the knowledge that your chosen plants will produce more buds. Would you like a cutting garden but aren’t sure where to begin? Here’s our guide to creating a cutting garden.

Planning your Cutting Garden

Planning your cutting garden correctly is important for its success. Here are a few factors you’ll need to consider when creating a cutting garden:

Layout

When creating a cutting garden, you’ll need to make sure that you have enough access to the plants in order to cut them. Planting in rows, or around stepping stones will help with this access, but it might not look as pretty as you’d hope overall by planting in this way. Because of this, you may want to dedicate a certain area within your garden to a cutting garden – like you would a vegetable garden – or to plant in a systematic way so that shorter plants are at the front of any flowerbeds and taller plants at the back. Your professional garden landscape company will tell you that this is a wise move planting wise to make the most out of your garden, anyway!

Growing Amongst Other Plants

If you decide to grow your cutting flowers amongst other plants, this is simply a case of growing them in amongst your herbaceous borders. As before, make sure you’ve got easy access to the blooms. If it’s easier, grow cutting flowers in containers, or if you have an existing vegetable patch already, add some rows of cutting flowers to this instead.

Sequence of Blooms

If you want to fill your home, and your garden, with blooms for as long as possible, remember that flowers don’t all bloom at the same time. Therefore, think about the sequence of blooms. From daffodils and tulips in the spring through to Michaelmas daisies in the early autumn, timing your blooms to flower throughout the year will mean that you’ll have a constant supply of prettiness.

Thinking Ahead

Remember that annuals often don’t last for the whole growing season, so it’s wise to either purchase extra seed packets, or gather seeds from the plants themselves as you go along, so that you can sow extra flowers throughout the season. This way, you’ll also have some left over for next year!

What Plants Should you Grow in a Cutting Garden?

There is a whole host of flowers you can grow to cut for vases and bouquets. Think about what you enjoy; for example, do you favour scented flowers? If so, make sure to plant the likes of roses. If you want big, beautiful blooms, then sunflowers are your friend.

Other great choices include peonies, sweet peas, lilies, eucalyptus, gypsophila and dianthus.

Maintaining your Cutting Garden

With lots of blooms in a cutting garden, cutting the blooms should encourage the plants to grow more flowers. Cosmos are a perfect example of this. Otherwise, keep on top of re-seeding your garden, keep an eye out for pests and disease and remove any affected plants before the pests have a chance to spread, and remember to water your plants regularly!

If you need any help with designing and planting a cutting garden, contact D&G Garden World. Our experience of landscaping gardens in Hornchurch, Upminster and Brentwood will enable us to plant and landscape your garden accordingly to provide you with plenty of cutting blooms throughout the year!