Less ob­vi­ous an­nu­als for cut­ting

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Phacelia tanaceti­fo­lia

Gen­er­ally grown as an an­nual green ma­nure, phacelia makes a sur­pris­ingly good cut flower – those curv­ing, laven­derblue flow­ers not only look good, but they also last ages when picked. It’s fast-grow­ing, too. HxS: 27x20in (70x50cm).

An­tir­rhinum ma­jus

Seek out tall va­ri­eties with long stems, rather than short bed­ding ones. ‘Ap­ple­blos­som’ (right) is a good choice, with pale-pink flow­ers that bum­ble­bees love to push their way into. HxS: 32inx1½ft (80x45cm).

Amaran­thus cau­da­tus ‘Viridis’

This ex­otic halfhardy an­nual has fab­u­lous long and dan­gling flower tas­sels in a fresh pale green. When ar­rang­ing, strip away all the leaves and al­low to trail over the side of a tall vase. HxS: 39x20in (1mx50cm).

Rud­beckia hirta

While peren­nial rud­beck­ias are pop­u­lar bor­der plants, there’s a range of half-hardy an­nu­als that are great for cut­ting. Look for ‘Sa­hara’, ‘Au­tumn Shades’ and ‘Cherry Brandy’ (right). Sow in March, in welldrained com­post. HxS: 2ftx16in (60x40cm).

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