Cutting and Drying Flowers

One of the greatest pleasures of growing a garden is having an abundance of flowers for picking. Some varieties take well to drying and will last into winter and beyond.

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Dried Flowers Add Spice, Color to Floral Arrangements DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

When to Start: for cutting, autumn or spring; for drying, summer to autumn

At Their Best: for cutting, spring to late summer; for drying, all year round

Time to Complete: for cutting, 5 hours for sowing and pricking out and 2 hours for planting; for drying, about 2 weeks

Materials Needed:

  • seeds of annuals
  • bulbs
  • perennials
  • shovel
  • well-composted organic matter
  • watering can
  • flowers for drying
  • rubber bands
  • tacks or pins
  • hooks or paperclips
  • string

Flowers for Cutting

Allium
Peruvian lily (Alstroemeria)
snapdragon
chrysanthemum
cleome
cornflower (Centaureacosmos
daffodil
dahlia
foxglove
peony
Rudbeckia
sunflower
sweetpea
sweet william
tulip
zinnia

Peonies: Perfect Cut FlowersEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Flowers for Drying

yarrow
cornflower (Centaurea)
globe thistle (Echinops)
hare's tail (Lagurus)
lavender
love-in-a-mist
quaking grass (Briza)
sea holly (Eryngium)
statice (Limonium)
strawflower (Xerochrysum)

Stunning StrawflowersEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cut Plants

Many plants can be cut frequently with little impact on the garden display; they just keep on producing more flowers. Plant a cutting border full of such varieties.

Flower CuttingsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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