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Grow your own bouquet

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it's easy to overlook the simple pleasures that bring us true happiness. Amidst the chaos, there exists a sanctuary of beauty and tranquility waiting to be discovered in the form of a cut flower garden. So, why not take a step back, reconnect with nature, and embark on a journey of growth, beauty, and endless possibility. 

If you don't know where to start, let me show you how. 

You don't need acres of land to grow a cut flower garden, the below cut flowers can also be grown in containers on a balcony if that's what space you have. All of the flowers in this bouquet are fairly easy to grow and in terms of timings  this is a high summer bouquet , so for the UK that's July - September. 

Peach  & Raspberry Schnapps Bouquet 

Grow your own bouquet
Dahlia Jowie Winnie

Dahlia Jowey Winnie

Dahlia Petras Wedding

Dahlia Petras Wedding

Dahlia Mystery Fox

Dahlia Mystery Fox

Didiscus Blue Lace

Didiscus Lace - Blue

Cosmos Cupcakes Blush
Scabious Beajolais
Sweetpea Hi Scent
Zinnia Lilliput Salmon

Cosmos Cupcakes

Scabious Beaujolais Bonnets

Sweetpea Hi Scent

Zinnia Lilliput Salmon

Dahlias are available in a vast array of shapes & colours, there are just so many to choose from you will really be spoiled for choice. They are grown from tubers which can be purchased in late winter and early springtime online or from your local garden centre. Dahlias should not be planted out until all risk of frost has passed,  and can easily be started indoors for a head start.  For how to grow Dahlias read our Growing Dahlias Guide. They should be spaced approx 25-30 cm apart as they will grow quite large and will also need to be staked with a garden cane to prevent them from flopping. 8 plants will be plenty in this space as they  are cut and come gain flowers so will keep producing blooms from Mid summer through to the first frosts. 

 

Didiscus Lace is grown from seed  and is an annual. It is best started in springtime by sowing into trays which can then be pricked out,  and planted out once all risk of frost has passed. It is a dainty flower and quite small so can be planted quite close together at 10cm. It is not a cut and come gain flower,  so once it is cut it will not re grow.  Read our guide to Seed Propagation for Beginners. 

 

Cosmos is an annual and can be started from seed in springtime. It will grow very tall and branch out to form a large bush when pinched so you won't need many to make a big impact, and should be spaced around 20cm apart. You will only need a few plants in this space and if deadheaded regularly will continue to bloom non stop  all summer long and into early autumn. Read our guide to Seed Propagation for Beginners. 

 

Scabious is a Hardy Annual so can be started from seed in either early autumn  and over wintered or it can be sowed in springtime. Autumn sowings will give flowers a few weeks earlier. Stems are vert lean and will flop over if not staked and if deadheaded regularly will continue to bloom as long as there is enough heat & light to sustain them. They will branch out from where they are cut to form a slender bush so should be planted around 15cm apart. 

 

Sweetpeas are a Hardy Annual to can be started from seed in either early autumn  and over wintered or it can be sowed in springtime. Autumn sowings will give flowers a few weeks earlier and a springtime sowing will give flowers later so perfect for a late summer bouquet. They are a climber similar to peas but should not be eaten as they are poisonous  if digested. They will grow very tall and  use their tendrils to latch onto anything in their path. A wigwam made from bamboo or branches is an ideal structure to support their growth, The flowers will need to be deadheaded every few days to keep producing blooms, and you will be rewarded with their beautiful scent. They can be planted quite tickly with 3-5 stem surrounding each support. Read out guide to growing Sweetpeas. 

Zinnias are a heat loving annual, they can be sowed in late Springtime and can be sowed direct if you are limited on space for pots & trays. They will germinate very quickly as long as the soil is nice and warm so its best to wait until early summer if direct sowing. They are a cut and come again flower so will branch out and with regular cutting will continue to flower through to the first frosts. They should be planted around 15am apart. Read our guide to Growing Zinnias. 

 

Sowing Schedule 

If you are planning on growing blooms for a specific event on a specific date then it is possible to work out your seed sowing schedule. Simply work back from your days required date,  your number of days to maturity.  Remember these days to maturity are average and weather dependant,  so you may find that in your area the weather is warmer, you have high light levels etc which will all affect this but below is a good guide.

 

Also it's good to note if a flower is cut and come again or a one hit wonder. With cut & come again flowers they bloom over such a long period that you can start seeds a little earlier and keep the blooms going by cutting or deadheading regularly. This will give you a higher chance of having blooms to cut on the day they are needed. One hit wonders are risky, if the weather is too warm and sunny they may bloom early or vice versa if the weather is poor that year. 

Below is the Sowing Schedule for this  particular grow your own bouquet. All of these flowers are cut & come again so you could safely sow then a few weeks early and secure your blooms in time. 

Seed Starting Schedule

Read all about seed scheduling and download the sheets below: 

Seed Starting Schedule

Planting Plan 

The below is an indication of what your planting plan could look like. This is based on a patch 1x2m. You may find that your space is not quite this shape, it may be longer and thinner or may even be a triangle shape but the principle of spacing your plant accordingly will be the same. 

Plan your Cut Flower Patch

Sweetpea

Wigwam 

Dahlias

Cosmos

Zinnias 

Scabious

Didiscus

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