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sandrar

Cutting garden - ideas

I love flowers in the house and can usually find enough in the borders to fill a vase or two but I'm thinking of creating a cutting garden to provide me with flowers for most of the year.

So far on my list in no particular order are:

Spray Crysants
Asters
Short sunflowers
Delphiniums
Foxgloves ....

I'd also like something scented, I already grow sweetpeas.

Ideas much appreciated please.
Digindeep

Ixias
Rudbecka
Hellium
Dahlias
Gladiolli

Thats quickly off the top. I'll get me hat on and think of some more..asap..
Digindeep

Right hats been on, walked around the garden for a while..

Phlox- penicculata
Campanula-persicifolia & latiloba
Eryngium-bourgati
Veronica-austriaca
Penstemon
Lillies (lilium)- regale
Astilbe
Helianthus
Lavender
Echinops
Asters
Heuchera
Pinks and Carnations

Good ole London Pride.

Then you've got folige plants and bulbs...

Perhaps enough for the time being...    hope that helps
sandrar

Thanks DD  

Some I have already, others I'll grow more of.

I forgot phlox and penstemon, never thought of Echinops or gladioli.

Straight lines or a mixed border do you think ?
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sandrar

Bought - thank you.
Digindeep

That's all down to individual choice Sandrar, and of course the size of the bed in question, also the style of your garden, cottage garden or otherwise.
Personally in a larger bed, I prefer to plant in groups, three, four five together, smaller spreading plants in the fore ground and taller plants towards the back, with medium and taller slightly mixed.
How can I say, so you need to look, peer around the corner, but you don't or I don't want the taller spreading plants to hide the others....if that makes sense?
But I still mix them around, visitors often ask whats that growing in there...oops forgot that was there...oh it is such and such. Sometimes some plant I've found do a little better for a bit of shade.
For me its all trial and error, each season you learn, from your mistakes,re -plant  and on you go...
I can honestly sit for hours deciding where to place various plants and still move them around next year.

Best of luck, I'm sure you will create your ideal cutting garden....
sandrar

Thanks DD My main border is a mixed perennial/hebaceous quite cottagey, with extra places dug when I need more room.

My parents garden was similar but they grew flowers for cutting in straight rows at the allotment and I quite like the idea of being able to pick as many flowers as I like without thinking it will spoil the border.

I think more grass may have to be lost, trouble is that means less ark space for broodies.
Digindeep

A couple of pics might help Sandrar....  
Scottie

Clematis

My clematis has got so overgrown now I don't now what to do with it. Would it be alright to cut it right back (it's finished flowering) with a hedge trimmer as it's like a rats nest underneath it?
Digindeep

Re: Clematis

Scottie wrote:
My clematis has got so overgrown now I don't now what to do with it. Would it be alright to cut it right back (it's finished flowering) with a hedge trimmer as it's like a rats nest underneath it?


I'd leave well alone till later in the season. Maybe just carefull cutting out the realy dead stuff only at the moment.
kat_lewis

like DD I take hours planning the garden. It doesn't always turn out as planned or sometimes not as good as I hoped. In those cases I take photos of the beds so that in the autumn I don't have to rely on my notes (they don't always make sense   ) or memory. I can then spend time again moving or replacing plants  
colour it green

sandrar wrote:


My parents garden was similar but they grew flowers for cutting in straight rows at the allotment and I quite like the idea of being able to pick as many flowers as I like without thinking it will spoil the border.



my granddad did that - asters particularly, grown in rows like other crops

don't forget spring bulbs
goodlife

aw cmon whats wrong with the oldest favourite it is worth a mention

Roses
Digindeep

goodlife wrote:
aw cmon whats wrong with the oldest favourite it is worth a mention

Roses


Thought those went without the need to mention them  
no garden is complete without them

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