Growing cut flowers from seed is much more satisfying – not to mention cheaper – than buying them. Many flowers for cutting are also attractive to pollinating insects. They'll enjoy them outdoors, then you can enjoy them indoors. And by growing cut flowers in your own garden, rather than paying for blooms that have been shipped halfway across the world, you're doing your bit to reduce air miles.
Cut flowers are easy to grow from seed, and if you stagger the sowings they'll bloom for months. Whether you favour architectural simplicity or want to capture the essence of your entire garden in a vase, a selection of half-hardy and hardy annuals will do the trick. Find out how to grow cut flowers for every season.
Aim to grow a range of flowers and foliage with complementary or contrasting colours and textures. Attractive bouquets and arrangements combine strong structural elements with fillers and foliage to bulk out and meld the dominant ingredients. Good staying power is also important – flowers for cutting should have a good vase life and long, strong stems.
Here are 10 cut flowers to grow from seed.