Deep-red Dahlia 'Rev P Holian' blooms

Flowers to pick in September

Discover seven beautiful cut flowers to pick from the garden in September.

September can be a beautiful month in the garden, with many flowers still going strong and many coming into their own.

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Discover cut flowers for every season.

Whether you have a dedicated cutting patch or are just snipping some of your favourite blooms, here are seven flowers to pick in September.

In September, many flowers are still going strong and many are coming into their own. 

Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)

Mexican sunflowers (Tithonia rotundifolia) look like a cross between a sunflower and a dahlia, and are easy to grow from seed. They are useful for adding height to a border (they reach 1.8m tall) and last well in a vase.

Bright-orange mexican sunflowers
Bright-orange mexican sunflowers

Dahlias

In colours of every hue and in lots of different flower shapes, dahlias make fabulous border plants and cut flowers. Earwigs can spoil the blooms – catch them in upturned flower pots on sticks, filled with straw.

Deep-red Dahlia 'Rev P Holian' blooms
Deep-red Dahlia ‘Rev P Holian’ blooms

Sunflower

Not all sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are yellow – some are orange/red, or even rusty brown. They make excellent cut flowers, but be sure to leave a couple for the birds, which love to peck seeds from the dead flowerheads. Check out Monty’s giant sunflower trial.

Yellow sunflowers
Yellow sunflowers

Aster

The daisy-like flowers of asters provide welcome colour in the garden right through to November and, unlike many fiery coloured plants at this time of year, these are mostly blue, pink and white.

Light-purple aster flowers
Light-purple aster flowers

Cleome

The spidery flowers of cleome are an intriguing addition to a border or a vase. They are easy to sow from seed in spring.

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White, pink and purple cleome flowers
White, pink and purple cleome flowers

Crocosmia

Crocosmia offer the ultimate in fiery autumn colour, in shades of red, orange and yellow. Their branched spikes of flowers add an interesting dimension to a vase.

Arched branches of crocosmia flowers
Arched branches of crocosmia flowers