I love growing blooms on the farm and deciding on my ten best flowers to grow for cutting was really *really* hard! I think I may need to do another one of these blogs as it changes month to month and season to season… having said that, these flowers bring me joy every year without fail.
So, here are my ten best flowers to grow for cutting. Whether you are new or experienced in growing, or growing for pleasure or profit, you need these on your patch.
Lace capped white flowers that add structure and ‘airy-ness’ to any arrangement. Amazingly delicate and beautiful to lighten bouquets. Grows beautifully from seed.
Traditionally a mix of blue and white, cornflowers now come in many more colours. Blue, red white, pink… one of my favourite varieties is almost black, its called ‘Black Ball’.
Beautiful, natural nigella is one of my top ten. It has a small but equal structure, so is brilliant at giving loose, natural arrangements a slight sense of formality. Plus it is so pretty!
Annual scabious is quick to germinate and easy to grow. Its a lovely addition to your cutting patch
Loved for their delicate and distinct fragrance, sweet peas are a popular flower to grow for cutting. They are easy to grow and come in hundreds of colours.
A stunning addition to any vase or bouquet. The trailing blooms are so unusual and add an amazing structure! Come in shades of green and burgundy.
One of the most diverse flowers to grow, dahlias come in all shapes and sizes. Cactus, pinball, dinnerplate, when you add in the colours that are available now, you are sure to find a dahlia you love.
Generally regarded as the easiest annual flower to grow, cosmos are very forgiving. They are prolific, flower as quickly as you can cut them and come in my colours. Its hard to beat a vase full of cosmos…
We grow many different varieties of tulips on the farm here (we’ve planted 30,000 for 2023!). They come in many colours and varieties – just remember to look for long stemmed varieties for cutting.
Who doesn’t love a rose. Frangrant, elegant and often surprisingly robust to grow. My favourite is David Austin’s Queen of Sweden. She grows on beautiful long, upright stems, perfect for arrangements.
Bonus grow – Mint or Rosemary
If you are growing for cutting, do plant some rosemary and mint. They grow fast, and add spectacular fragrance and form to your arrangements!
What do you think? Is your favourite on this list? Which will you grow first?
If you need a dedicated bed for growing your cut flowers, think about a no dig bed as an easy way to get started.