Flowers to pick in August - sunflowers

10 flowers to pick in August

There are lots of cut flowers to enjoy in August - here are 10 of the best

August is a great month in the garden, with many flowers, including dahlias, sunflowers and other hot-coloured blooms at their peak. That means there’s ample pickings for the house, from your borders or a dedicated cutting patch.

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Here are 10 wonderful flowers to pick in August.

August is a great month in the garden, with many flowers, including dahlias, sunflowers and other hot-coloured blooms at their peak.

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Sunflowers

Sunflowers aren’t just yellow – they range in colour from deep russet to pale lemon. Some, such as ‘American Giant’, grow very tall and have huge flowers; others, such as ‘Choco Sun’ are more dwarf. Sow seeds in May.

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Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria, or Peruvian lilies, are showy perennials that look great in a sheltered, sunny border. They also make excellent, long-lasting cut flowers. The sap can be an irritant so wear gloves when cutting.

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Dahlias

Dahlias are a must for the summer border and make excellent, dramatic cut flowers. They come in a huge array of colours and shapes, including cactus types like Rev P Holian, pictured.

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Pinks

Garden pinks are traditional cottage garden plants. Shortlived perennials, they are perfect for growing at the front of borders and in containers. Many varieties have a clove scent, and they make excellent cut flowers. Deadhead to prolong flowering.

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Zinnias

Zinnias are colourful, easy to grow annuals that combine beautifully with other ‘hot’ coloured plants such as dahlias, in borders and in pots. They also do really well in a vase.

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Tithonia

Tithonia or Mexican sunflowers are half-hardy annuals that are sown in spring for a glorious summer show. They love a sunny, well drained spot. They are very attractive to pollinators.

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Love-in-a-mist

Love-in-a-mist, or Nigella damascena, is a cottage garden favourite that self-seeds readily around the garden. Both the flowers and foliage are useful in flower arranging, and its seedheads work well in dried flower arrangements.

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Lilies

Asiatic ilies such as ‘Orange Pixie’, shown here, make great garden plants, in pots or borders – but they also make fabulous and long-lasting cut flowers. Be aware that all parts of the plant are toxic to cats, so they’re best avoided if you’re a cat owner.

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Cosmos

Cosmos are easy to grow from seed and work well in borders and pots. They are incredibly long-flowering, often until the the first frosts, and make brilliant cut flowers. Deadhead to keep the flowers coming. Discover 10 colourful cosmos to grow.

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Globe thistle

Globe thistle, or echinops, has spiky leaves and bristly blue flowers and makes a good architectural choice for the back of a border. It is very attractive to pollinators and makes an unusual cut flower.

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