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The Cutting Garden

In the August 2010 Hempstead News, we referred to ideas for a cutting garden, the diary for a cutting garden reads as follows (weather permitting!):

JulyPlan where you want to put it, considering well-drained, fertile soil, easy access (you will be walking amongst the plants), sunny but sheltered site, watering facility nearby. The end result is often best where the palnts are in rows, you can walk in between them to tie up and stake, deadhead, pick, water etc.
SeptemberPrepare the ground , remove weeds, turn the ground over, add well rotted manure
September/
Early October
Plant perennials
NovemberPlant tulips if required 200cm deep. Sow sweet peas seeds or wait til Spring
MarchCreate mechanisms for tying into, stakes, frames, canes etc. And mulch round newly emerging perennials.
April/MayPlant annuals direct into the ground

For planting, there are hundreds of plants to choose from, but I include some of my favourites here. Some plants are excellent for arrangements when they have dried, such as Alliums, Helipterium or Echinacea experiment to see which you like.

PerennialsAnnualsFoliage
Achillea (Coronation gold)Amaranthus caudatus (Love Lies Bleeding)Artemesia
Aconitum (poisonous)AnemoneAsparagus
Alchemilla MollisArctotisColeus
AlliumsCalendulaEucalyptus
AlstromeriaCallistephus Chinesis (Aster)Euphorbia (Snow on the Mountain)
AsterCape MarigoldFlowering Cabbage
CampanulaCelosiaLavender
CarnationCleome (Spider Flower)Sage
Centaurea (Bachelors' Button)Cosmos 
Chrysanthemum, (inc Shasta Daisy )Dianthus 
Campanula (Globerata, calycanthema and Pyramidalis)Geranium 
CoreopsisGomphrena (Globe Amaranth) 
DahliasGypsophila 
DelphiniumHelichrysum (Strawflower) 
Dianthus, Deltoids (Pinks)Helipterium (Everlasting flower) 
Digitalis (Foxglove)Lisianthus 
Echinacea (Purple Coneflower)Marigold 
Echinops Exaltatus (Globe Thistle)Nicotiana 
Gladiolus (100 days to flower)Nigella (Love In A Mist) 
Gypsophila (Baby's Breath)Matthiola (Stocks) 
HelianthusMignonette 
HelemiumMolucella (Bells of Ireland) 
Hesperis (Sweet Rocket)Rudbeckia 
Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker)Salpiglossis 
LavenderSalvia Farinacea 
LobeliaSnapdragon 
LupinStatice 
Nicotiana (Flowering Tobacco)Sunflowers 
PhloxSweet Peas 
RudbeckiaVerbena Bonariensis 
ScabiosaZinnia 
Solidago, (Goldenrod)  
Veronica  


Achillea Coronation Gold

Amaranthus caudatus
(Love Lies Bleeding)

Artemesia

Aconitum

Anemone

Asparagus

Alchemilla Mollis

Arctotis

Coleus

Alliums

Calendula

Eucalyptus

Alstromeria

Callistephus chinesis (Aster)

Euphorbia (Snow on the Mountain)

Aster

Cape Marigold

Flowering Cabbage

Campanula

Celosia

Lavender

Carnation

Cleome

Sage

Centaurea

Cosmos
 

Chrysanthemum

Dianthus
 

Campanula (Globerata, Calycanthema and Pyramidalis)

Geranium
 

Coreopsis

Gomphrena (Globe Amaranth)
 

Dahlias

Gypsophila
 

Delphinium

Helichrysum (Strawflower)
 

Dianthus, Deltoids (Pinks)

Helipterium (Everlasting flower)
 

Digitalis (Foxglove)

Lisianthus
 

Echinacea (Purple Coneflower)

Marigold
 

Echinops Exaltatus (Globe Thistle)

Nicotiana
 

Gladiolus

Nigella (Love In A Mist)
 

Gypsophila (Baby's Breath)

Matthiola (Stocks)
 

Helianthus

Mignonette
 

Helemium

Molucella (Bells of Ireland)
 

Hesperis (Sweet Rocket)

Rudbeckia
 

Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker)

Salpiglossis
 

Lavender

Salvia farinacea
 

Lobelia

Snapdragon
 

Lupin

Statice
 

Nicotiana (Flowering Tobacco)

Sunflowers
 

Phlox

Sweet Peas
 

Rudbeckia

Verbena bonariensis
 

Scabiosa

Zinnia
 

Solidago (Goldenrod)
   

Veronica
   

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