Five top tips – growing plants for cut flowers

Cut flower grower Cel Robertson shares her top tips for growing plants for cut flowers

Photo of Cel Robertson holding some cut flowers
Cel Robertson

Bring the outside in by growing your own flowers for cutting. Stems from shrubs, perennials, annuals, bulbs and climbing plants can all provide blooms for the home throughout the year. Make sure to cut your garden flowers straight into water at the coolest time of the day and set them somewhere cool and dark to condition (hydrate) before arranging them. This will help them to last longer in the vase.

Grow in the sun or the shade

Dark red hellebore flower
Hellebores will grow will in shady positions

A sunny site will give you the most choice of varieties to grow, but there are lovely cutting plants that grow well in shady positions: hellebores, narcissus and aquilegia in spring; astilbe, astrantia and foxgloves in summer; hydrangea and Michaelmas daisy in autumn; and skimmia, viburnum and witch hazel in winter.

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