Flowers for cutting (part 2 of 2)

Flowers for cutting (part 2 of 2)

Another must-have is antirrhinums – not the dwarf kinds that have one flush of flowers and then give up, but the tall types. These often need staking but after the main stem has been cut they produce countless sideshoots that can be cut right into autumn.

I also grow statice as a good filler. A mixed packet will produce a good range of colours to suit lots of bunches. A few clumps of tall alstroemerias are essential too.

The rose garden is plundered too and although I have not planted any particularly for cutting, some of them have proved very useful. Although very thorny, ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ is a useful rose because it is healthy and a nice apricot yellow colour. ‘Champagne Moment’ is another favourite with clusters of creamy flowers but my favourite is ‘You’re Beautiful’ which has perfect, sugar pink buds that open to medium-sized, neat blooms with a nice scent.

It pays to look around the garden too, for interesting things to cut. In late spring, old parsley plants run to flower and their green flowers are good to mix in, along with fennel flowers and flowering grasses.

Rose ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ and ‘Champagne Moment’ in bunch.

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Post written by our resident gardening guru Geoff Stebbings from www.thebikinggardener.com

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