Carrie Latimer shares how to make the most of nature’s bounty by growing cutting flowers.
Think fillers You can easily create an arrangement with just a few flowers if you have plenty of suitable foliage and filler flowers. Anything from Geraldton wax to Restios and cotoneaster berries make great filler plants.
Hedge fund Pick your hedging plants wisely; all types can be a source of endless filler foliage. Viburnum tinus, Pittosporum nigrescens and Myrtus communis are the classic choices.
Lightbulb moment Don’t overlook bulbs; they’re particularly effective in smaller gardens. Get a maximum supply of flowers throughout the year by planting Arum lilies, Leucojum, Narcissus, Gladiolus, Watsonia and Ornithogalum, to name a few.
Go indigenous There is an extraordinary array of local plants that make beautiful cut flowers. Plus, they’re naturally suited to our climate. Proteas, pincushions, Strelitzia, Kniphofia, Agapanthus and Eucomis are ideal.
Spot on Don’t overlook the utility areas on the south side of your home. Many plants thrive in these cool, shady conditions and make fabulous specimens for cut flowers and foliage. Shade-loving plants include Camellias, Clivias and asparagus fern.