A polytunnel is not only a great space to grow food for yourself and your family, it can also be a place to grow flowers. Flowers are not only attractive, they also serve a useful purpose – attracting a range of pollinators and other beneficial wildlife, and sometimes repelling certain pest species. Over and above this, growing flowers can also give polytunnel gardeners the chance to create a cutting garden, where they can source flowers to cut for floral displays. To inspire you to create your own cutting garden in your polytunnel, here are ten flowers to cut for floral displays in July:
Some Flowers To Cut in July:
Everyone should have some marigolds in their polytunnel gardens. They are beautiful, relatively easy to grow and are not only great companion plants and wonderful for pest control throughout the garden, they can also make lovely cut flowers too.
Roses are definitely a favourite for many, and many will be blooming prolifically in July. Roses can be ideal additions to cut flower floral arrangements this month, and many have delightful fragrance that will fill your home.
The dramatic blooms of Amaranthus will bloom between July and September. They can be great as statement pieces in indoors displays and they will also tend to dry well for later use.
Cheerful and varied, these blooms can give some height to any floral display and give a pretty sense of drama to any indoors arrangements as well as to a bed or border throughout the summer.
A spineless variety of Carthamus is great for use as cut flowers, which can be used either fresh or dried in vibrant displays. These bold blooms can draw the eye and fill out a dramatic display.
Celosia’s fiery flower heads are perfect for bold and beautiful displays that really capture the warmth and vibrancy of the summer season. In bloom throughout the summer, these are a great addition to a cut flower border.
Pretty little dianthus blooms are perfect for small posies. Dainty, fragrant and colourful, they can be great for adorning your dining table or for placing on a windowsill somewhere in your home.
Gazania’s bold flowers are a brilliant focal bloom for any arrangement. Lively, vibrant and mood-boosting, these blooms can add cheer to flower displays in your home.
In bloom throughout the summer, Linaria has brightly coloured flowers that resemble little snapdragons. It is easy to grow and could be a staple for summer bouquets and posies.
Rubeckia’s lovely daisy-like flowers are pretty and long lasting, the perfect plant for colourful borders and for cut flowers to bring inside your home as focal blooms for a variety of displays.
All of the above flowers could earn a place in your polytunnel alongside your edible crops. Do you grow flowers in your polytunnel? Do you create beautiful floral displays? Let us know what you think about which flowers to cut for floral displays in July in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.