How to Plant a Cut Flower Garden in the Landscape // Northlawn Flower Farms

How to Plant a Cut Flower Garden in the Landscape // Northlawn Flower Farms

Here’s how to plant a cut flower garden in the landscape! When I first started to grow cut flowers, I grew in long narrow rows that looked more like a traditional farm than a backyard garden. Over the years, I’ve transitioned to growing cut flowers almost completely in the landscape and I think it’s a wonderful way to grow lots of cut flowers while still
maintaining the feel of home garden. No matter what size garden you have, adding cut flowers into the landscape is always a possibility. Here are the steps I always take when setting up a new cutting garden in the landscape, or when I’m enlarging an already existing bed like the one you’ll see me working on today.

Step 1 is to site your cut flower garden in full sun. You’ll want to position your cutting garden in as much sun as possible because most of the flowers we grow as cuts prefer full sun, and need it in to thrive and bloom well all season.
Step 2 is to provide nutrient rich, well-draining soil. Cut flowers are only as good as the soil they are planted in, so be sure to take time to amend the area with compost, leaf mold, and any missing nutrients. I always recommend doing a soil test and sending it to your local extension office so you know if there are any specific nutrients that need to be added into your garden. Take time to care and amend your soil, and your plants will thank you with healthy growth and lots of blooms.
Step 3 is to start by planting shrubs and trees that will give you a variety of both foliage and bloom cuts. Think in terms of different color foliage, different blooms times, shrubs with berries or showy winter stems, and if the blooms can serve a double purpose by being used later as dried flowers. I prefer to use shrub foliage over annual foliage so I’m always sure to tuck in lots of reliable foliage shrubs.
Step 4 is to plant perennials and annuals from the following floral groups and try to have each group represented during each season so that you always have a variety of sizes and textures to work with. Plant these flowers in mass so that when you go to harvest there are still some blooms left to enjoy in the landscape.You’ll first want a Focal Flower which is a large statement flower that will be the star of an arrangement (Peony, lily, Sunflower, dahlia, hydrangea)Then plant some disk flowers which are flowers with round heads (zinnia, coneflower, rubekia, Calendula, dianthus, marigolds) Add in some spike flowers – Snapdragon, Foxglove, Stock, Delphinum. Larkspur, Liatris, Gladiola
And lastly plant what I like to call a Sparkle Flower– grasses, babies breath, ladies mantle, love in a mist seed pods, Statice – which give nice airiness and shimmer into a bouquet
Always select taller varieties that are good for cutting. This often means growing things from seed because many plants started at the nursery are either bred to be short or are treated with growth hormone regulators. The longer the stem, the more valuable the cut. And a long stem is always more versatile than a shorter one.
Step 5 is to support your flowers when needed. Some varieties will need staked, corralled, or netted. No
matter how you go about supporting your plants, the point is to just do it. A large storm can devastate
flowers that you’ve been growing for months in a matter of seconds. Take precaution and support your
blooms. (NATALIE – I’M WONDERING IF I SHOULD LEAVE THIS OUT OR NOT?? IT’S SO IMPORTANT BUT
SO MUCH TO DISCUSS FROM CROP TO CROP– I ALSO WOULD ADD A WINDBREAK – BUT I’M NOT
SURE IF THIS INFO IS GETTING TO “FARMY”)
Step 6 is to succession plant in order to prolong the harvest. Things like single stem sunflowers and
gladiolas can be planted every two weeks so that you have a steady supply of cuts rather than a once
and done explosion of blooms. Space out the harvest by planting in waves rather than all at once.
Step 7 is to Cut and Come Again! A cut flower garden is meant to be cut. And continual cutting will
encourage the plants to produce more flowers for you. Branching annuals need to be continually cut in
order to tell the plant to keep producing more blooms instead of setting seed and dying. Don’t be shy
with your snips– you’ve grown these plants to enjoy in the landscape and in the vase. Cut and come
again!
Well there are my tips on planting a cut flower garden in the landscape. This method of growing cut
flowers is how I’ve found both joy in the garden all while providing enough blooms to cut and enjoy in
the vase. I hope these tips were helpful and until next time Happy Gardening!

Thanks to @Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs for the following shrubs –
Kodiak® Black Diervilla – https://www.provenwinners.com/plants/diervilla/kodiak-black-diervilla-rivularis
Low Scape Mound® Aronia – https://www.provenwinners.com/plants/aronia/low-scape-mound-aronia-melanocarpa
Limelight Prime™ Hydrangea – https://www.limelightprimehydrangea.com/
Quick Fire Fab™Hydrangea – https://www.quickfirefabhydrangea.com/

50 Comments

  1. CookingBird on July 1, 2021 at 1:32 am

    Super!
    This is so beautiful..
    So relaxing views ..
    Thank you so much for sharing this video my friend!

  2. Audrey Sweeney on July 1, 2021 at 1:35 am

    I don’t have full sun. What a bummer. I enjoy gardening but I only have mostly shade and a small area of part shade. I am trying to learn to garden in this type of sun. So far astilbe and hosta plants for shade work best. For partial shade I plant Cosmo and zinnia and so far I am doing well. It’s a learning experience that I enjoy and love learning. I am trying out other plants we’ll see what happens to his year! Thanks for you knowledge!

  3. Joyce D'Agostino on July 1, 2021 at 1:39 am

    Thanks so much, I think it makes a lot of sense if you are going to grow many flowers, to place them in your landscape so that they not only are easy to access and work for you, but also add to the beauty and enjoyment of your surroundings.

  4. Jean Piccinato on July 1, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Absolutely love your gardening style. I love that you are incorporating your cut flowers into the perennial border instead of the traditional rows upon rows. Thanks for the great info and advice.

  5. Price Design on July 1, 2021 at 1:41 am

    Thank you for the helpful tips!

  6. Masud Masud on July 1, 2021 at 1:42 am

    Very good tip

  7. Grace Filled Gardens on July 1, 2021 at 1:43 am

    Great tips

  8. Pixel Pudding 39 on July 1, 2021 at 1:43 am

    Found this because I was looking for a cosplay group named “Boli Flower Garden” LoL. Gardening isn’t really my cup of tea, but, I hope you succeed!

  9. Penelope Park on July 1, 2021 at 1:45 am

    She is a pro

  10. Annette Smouse on July 1, 2021 at 1:46 am

    Wow! Those new hydrangeas from Proven Winners look like they will have beautiful blooms. I will be looking for those next year! Thanks for the great videos!

  11. Yothegreat on July 1, 2021 at 1:46 am

    Cut flowers is able to grow under the sun like ?

  12. Healthy Girl on July 1, 2021 at 1:47 am

    Awesome great cut flower info ‼️🌻🌻🌻

  13. Oravee Channel แม่บ้านอเมริกา on July 1, 2021 at 1:48 am

    Hello, Thanks for sharing your video… great 👍

  14. far3v on July 1, 2021 at 1:49 am

    This was helpful. Could you also talk about how you design the garden bed itself? What kinds of combinations look good in the border (and are good for cutting)? Any special design considerations when using cut flowers vs a traditional border?

  15. Daisy Jo on July 1, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Thank you for your videos I have watched ea h one over an over 💜 an learned so much ❤️

  16. Crocheting Around New Zealand on July 1, 2021 at 1:51 am

    I plant veges amongst my flowers. I live in a very windy area and very hot so the gardens need watering constantly even when mulched. Hard when I also love to travel lol

  17. Charlene Fall on July 1, 2021 at 1:52 am

    Beautiful garden 💐

  18. Cheri Green on July 1, 2021 at 1:52 am

    Great advice! I love your flower arrangements in your past videos. I want you to know that I am trying to incorporate different flowers and shrubs after watching your wonderful vlogs! I love hydrangeas and I have the Little Quick Fire that I love as well as other types, but can’t wait to see these new ones that are coming next year.

  19. IRENE RAMIREZ on July 1, 2021 at 1:53 am

    Thank you for sharing very useful tips ☺️

  20. Martha Neudorf on July 1, 2021 at 1:53 am

    You’re such an inspiration. This is my second year with a cut flower garden. I’m planning to expand my cut flower garden. These tips are very helpful. Thank you.

  21. Corafel Thomas on July 1, 2021 at 1:54 am

    can you show how you support your plants?please thank you

  22. Shane Hickey on July 1, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Thanks for the tips! What do you do with the sod you have removed when making a new bed?

  23. Millennial Patriot on July 1, 2021 at 1:57 am

    Wonderful video! Question: what method do you use to control your grass/weeds within your flower beds?

  24. Lynn Grillo on July 1, 2021 at 1:57 am

    Excellent information! I was taking copious notes. 🙂

  25. Masud Masud on July 1, 2021 at 1:58 am

    Very good tio

  26. Dario Piazza on July 1, 2021 at 1:59 am

    Wow what a great video. I live down in the tropics, Caribbean. I want to start an cut flower farm! Do you have any resources that I can use to do some research on the best species to plant down here ? More of the annual type as we already have many ginger Lilly’s, hibiscus, song of India….etc.

  27. Cathy Smith on July 1, 2021 at 1:59 am

    Thank you for your videos!

  28. Yang Su on July 1, 2021 at 2:00 am

    thank you for so many good suggestions for a cutting flower garden. I will try them next year.

  29. Rosealee Brandt on July 1, 2021 at 2:01 am

    Love your videos, and very helpful!

  30. R Darrett on July 1, 2021 at 2:04 am

    What is the bush that is in the left part of your frame around 6:51? Does PW send you new varieties in order to advertise or did you get it from a “premier” garden center?

  31. Karen Lamensdorf on July 1, 2021 at 2:06 am

    You did this once and it would be great to see it again. You cut from the garden and showed us how to arrange them. It was so interesting to see what the plant looked like in your garden, to how you cut/shaped them, to the arrangement. Could you do more of those please? Thank you.

  32. Kim Williams on July 1, 2021 at 2:08 am

    Beautiful flowers please check out my brother Wayne his utube Garden channel ThePlantaholic capital T and P his head Gardner holitcualrist at Birmingham botanical gardens UK

  33. Uday Mahurlkar on July 1, 2021 at 2:08 am

    Can I join with you ,me from India
    I like to work for flowers…. Please reply if possible, thanks and regards

  34. Michelle Carver on July 1, 2021 at 2:08 am

    Love these tips!!!

  35. Lorraine Courtney on July 1, 2021 at 2:09 am

    Thank you for all the tips !!! 😁

  36. Loving your Lifestyle on July 1, 2021 at 2:10 am

    I love the idea for growing flowers. I have a small area for a flower garden. There is so many beautiful flowers to choose from for cuttings from the garden to the vase at your dinner table to enjoy. Check out DIY for some ideas. Don’t forget the amazing deals.

  37. Mona Wolfe on July 1, 2021 at 2:10 am

    I’ve been trying to do the same thing w my landscape garden! Growing from seeds is growing on me, though if you had asked me 2 months ago I would have said never again. But once my Apple blossom Snaps started blooming I think I got hooked! Don’t know what to do about white carnations that are in a pot and have set buds. They were so scrawny that I never planted out & w our short season in 5b should I just winter over in the pot for next year? Or is there time enough for them to become spectacular if I plant them out? There’s 9 seedlings, lanky w bent stems, 2 getting ready to bloom. I obviously have a lot to learn about growing seeds.

  38. Garden Doodles on July 1, 2021 at 2:11 am

    So informative! Thank you.

  39. Amy Transue on July 1, 2021 at 2:13 am

    This video was so helpful! I’m definitely going to listen again and take notes for next year!

  40. Gardening with Bridget on July 1, 2021 at 2:14 am

    This was SUPER HELPFUL!!!!! Thanks!!!!

  41. Masud Masud on July 1, 2021 at 2:15 am

    Love you dear sister

  42. Woodscarving Show on July 1, 2021 at 2:16 am

    Wow, good to see beautiful garden ❤️

  43. Carol Ann on July 1, 2021 at 2:21 am

    What is the best time to do a bed AS well AS amending rhe soil?

  44. Diane M on July 1, 2021 at 2:22 am

    I definitely want to start a cut flower section in my garden. I’ll be re-watching this video soon. Thank you for the tips.

  45. Isabelle Yang on July 1, 2021 at 2:23 am

    Very informative video. Can you do a video on seed/ bulb ordering ( how do you know how much seeds or bulbs to order for a cut flower garden)?

  46. Mary Shields on July 1, 2021 at 2:24 am

    This video is so full of great information, so first of all I want to thank you for all the guidance. I was wondering if you have a preferred lab for soil testing? Do all labs provide the same information or is there certain data I need to look for or ask for specifically? I am thinking about farming some land I dont know anything about it except it is very compacted with probably lots of clay! Thanks again 😀

  47. JenJen M on July 1, 2021 at 2:24 am

    Where do you order your bulbs and seeds?

  48. Kevin Rawdon on July 1, 2021 at 2:25 am

    You have the same accent as Chuck Schuldiner from Death

  49. monty shinn on July 1, 2021 at 2:26 am

    What a wonderful informative Video. I must look for those new hydrangeas. Thankyou!

  50. Sugeng Riyadi on July 1, 2021 at 2:28 am

    For ornamental plant lovers in 2021, love it

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