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after discussions with my group of OAP's that come to our allotment they would like to grow a cut flowers bed (so they can take them home) if possible we'd like to grow from seed.

so, does anyone have any good suggestions for annual cut flowers - might put a few herbaceous perennials in there as well to bulk out.

this isn't my speciality, I grow fruit and veg on an allotment, no flowers.


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 35,819

    Hi treehugger. Here are a few suggestions: Sunflowers, Sweet Peas, Aquilegias, Cosmos, Clarkia, Chrysanthemum maximum, Heleniums.

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  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    Just had a quick root through my seed packets for ideas..


    Antirrhinum, dahlias, asters, zinnias, ten week stocks, larkspur, clary sage and scabious.

    I know you asked for seed suggestions but maybe think about some daffs & tulips to kick off the cutting season. image

  • Bright starBright star Posts: 1,130

    Visit Sarah Ravens website too treehugger, ( Queen of cut flowers) she has some some fantastic seeds and flower suggestions. Great how to videos too. Between GW website and hers they are keeping me very busy!! I'd also grow some ammi majus and ammi visnaga too, they are great for arranging amongst your flowers if you pick for the vase. You will be able to start off some of the seeds now  for plants to overwinter in a cold frame or sheltered spot outdoors. They will then be ready to plant out in spring. 

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,537

    Don't forget the gladioli. Very easy to grow in rows on an allotment.

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    thanks for all the great help, i'll take these idea to my gardening group on Thursday Morning and see what they think.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,537

    Wyevale have reduced all packets of seeds to 50p. I just bought all my sweet pea seeds for next year.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,749

    last year Wilko reduced all their seeds  to 10p a pack ( even those "sow by 2018) . Plant labels. 100 for 20p, 15m hoses with fittings down to £1.50

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