Goodness, don’t flowers make us feel good? As you know, I love having cut flowers in the house, and I love giving them as a gift too – just watch someone’s face light up when you hand them a bouquet!
So, I’ve been thinking about what would be my top flowers for creating bouquets and posies - some you can easily grow, others you’d probably go out and buy and then assemble your arrangement. I’ve also included a guide to how long they will last, if well-cared for. I’ve blogged about looking after your cut flowers previously too, so have a look back to make sure you make the most of them!
Sweet pea (Vase life: 3-7 days)
The ultimate ‘cut and come again’ cut flower! There are plenty of colours to choose from, but a good mix of shades makes the prettiest posies. Old fashioned Grandiflora types often have the best scent. If I could have a bunch of these in my house every day of the year - I would!
Lily (Vase life: 8-10 days)
You only need a few lily stems to make a dramatic and exotic-looking cut flower display. There are lots of different lily species that you can grow as a cut flower, but oriental Lilies are the most popular for their fragrance and glamorous trumpet shaped blooms.
Sunflower (Vase life: 7-10 days)
Sunflowers make the cheeriest cut flowers and always raise a smile. They’re very easy to grow and won’t require any special attention - simply sow them directly into the ground where you want them to flower. For cutting it’s best to choose multi-headed varieties to give you lots of blooms.
Tulip (Vase life: Up to 7 days)
Tulips are among the earliest flowers for cutting in the garden. They come in such a range of colours that you’ll be spoiled for choice. Tulips are thirsty cut flowers so you’ll need to keep their water topped up on a daily basis.
Gladiolus (Vase life: 7-10 days)
The flamboyant, tall stems of Gladioli are superb for adding height and drama to flower arrangements. Cut gladiolus flowers just as the lowest two or three florets begin to open, but try to leave as many leaves as possible to feed the bulb for next year.
Dianthus (Vase life: 14-21 days)
Dianthus (including Carnations, Pinks and Sweet Williams) are some of the best known of all cut flowers. And don’t forget the lovely fragrance you get with Pinks, making superb posies.
Eucalyptus (Vase life: More than 21 days)
The silvery-blue foliage of eucalyptus gunnii makes fantastic filler for vases, bouquets and larger flower arrangements. Its attractive rounded leaves provide shape and texture that blends well with both formal and more relaxed displays. Eucalyptus has an amazing vase life, easily lasting more than 3 weeks.
Gypsophila (Vase life: Up to 7 days)
Gypsophila makes particularly useful filler for softening bouquets and adding a frothy haze of tiny flowers to your cut flower arrangements.