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17/03/2013 at 21:30

I want to try and make a prenial flower bed at my allotment this year, whatare the best varieties for me to start with that have first year flowers


17/03/2013 at 21:46

Most perennials will flower this year. What controls your choice would be the size and colours you want. Obviously, perennials are a long term choice and if you put in smaller plants, they will develop and flower better next year. Another issue in your choice might be whether they are easy to grow from seeds or cuttings. For example, if you bought a sedum plant, they are so easy to grow from cutttings that you could turn that plant into ten new ones by next year. Some plants seed themselves very readily and will increase your stock quickly, for example alchemilla mollis (Ladies Mantle) and Geranium Robertiana (Herb Robert).

17/03/2013 at 22:01
I assume, from the thread heading, you mean for cutting?
How about pinks? Quick to flower, flower profusely, highly scented. ,what better or easier?
17/03/2013 at 22:02


Dahlias will flower this year- can be grown from seed or tubers-cheaply if you just want cut flowers-you may have to lift in the autumn but in some areas- if protected- can be left in over winter.

17/03/2013 at 22:10


are you thinking about growing them from seed?  Some of the achilleas are good at first year flowering. agastaches, some of the rudbeckias, salvias. If you look on the seed packets it will say something like 'Flowers in the first year from an early sowing'. Doesn't always work, last year will have slowed some of them down a bit. 


17/03/2013 at 22:21

Thomson and Morgan seed catalogue and the seed packets in garden centres have a special logo on if the plant will flower in its first year. they are also on the internet.

It may give you a good idea.

Some good flowers that give a good display, they are annuals though, but are bright and cheery, and can be cut are called Cosmos. Perhaps as you are just starting you could have a mix of perennials and annuals so that you really get to know how to grow from seeds and what you have to do for great success

Good Luck

PS how lucky is that to have an allotment - Wow

17/03/2013 at 22:43
Are you growing veg too? Maybe something to help with pests too ? Are you doing sweet peas , I grow a lot as love the smell as cut flowers inside .
17/03/2013 at 22:46
Cody, have a look at the Sarah Raven website, she specialises in flowers for cutting. She domes a good catalogue too split up into colours. Can't say they're cheap though.
17/03/2013 at 23:41

I think you'll struggle to get perenniel flowers from seeds sown this year and Dahlia's although producing fabulous flowers aren't plants which can be left in the ground over winter, you can sow them now but the tubers will need to be lifted before winter sets in unless you live in an area of the country which is mild and choose to take your chances with the weather...,   .

You need a 2yr plan. Look to sowing annuals now and start planning for next year. Biannuals and perennials sown in July/August can be planted  out before the first frost and providing the winter isn't sever you'll have some really good, healthy plants at the start of 2014. In an allotment they'll also provide good ground cover over Winter.     

As to which one's...what do you like...big and bold...small and petite....I'm sure other poster can help with choice of plants...

18/03/2013 at 18:18

thanks for all that info ot the flowers and i do grow veg an sweet pea and i got the 60 sweet pea plants so i have 200 plants now



18/03/2013 at 21:34

 Sorry Cody forgot you are 10.

Have you thought about growing a bed of sunflowers, they aren't perennials but you can grow small varieties which only grow to 3ft, 4ft and 5ft. They attract birds and when they flower the heads can be saved and dried out for their seeds to feed birds over winter.  

There are some perennial herbs which flower, chives have lilac flowers.

21/09/2013 at 21:48

Hi , Cody, How did your flowers for cutting do.  ?

26/09/2013 at 20:26

hi they done realy well they have filled the house and my sweet pea have had so many flowers infact i sold some at the local market and had 32 bunches of 15 stems in a bunch and helped at the stall and made 50 pound

thankes every one

27/09/2013 at 13:47

Well done you. As another poster said, try building up a collection that will give you plenty of additional plants either from cuttings or seed.


Marguerite Daisies are always popular, penstemon are easy to bring on, try osteospermum and then of course plants you can harvest a load of seeds from. Some of the best I find are calendulas, antirhinum, geum, delphinium and silene.

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