Bringing Flowers Into The Home - August

Bringing Flowers Into The Home - August

Why not have flowers to cut for the house. Bringing beautiful flowers into the house is such a simple way of elevating a room and giving it a little oomph!

 
Bringing Flowers Into The Home
Whilst buying fresh flowers is something most of us do once in a while it is not always part of the budget every week but if you have got a garden it shouldn’t need to cost anything extra. There are always fresh blooms and foliage to be harvested from the garden throughout the whole year and it can be fun to consider this when choosing plants for your garden but this month it is particularly easy. August is abundant with fresh flowers.


Why not enjoy a few minutes in the garden with a pair of scissors this month. A few choice perennials and perhaps a bit of foliage popped in a vase or country jug and you will find you have something very pretty that looks classy. 
So many of the late summer perennials look fabulous in a vase and as long as you have a reasonable clump growing cutting a few flowers will probably invigorate the plant encouraging it to be more floriferous rather than going to seed. 


I love a vase full of Leucanthemum daisies. I just snip the stems and strip the foliage off. I find the small headed varieties like Victorian Secret very dainty and appealing but that’s personal choice and whether you like the large bold daisy heads of Thomas Killen or the stringy  Wirral’s Pride or the shaggy Phyillis Smith its doesn’t really matter. One of the best things about Daisies is they mix very well with other flowers. Orangey red heleniums are quiet abundant now and make a good  splash of bold colour as are things like blue asters , echinacea ,  Astrantias Crtocosmia Lucifer or commonly known as Montbretia its quiet  an endless list this month.  How about a vase of steely blue Eryngium (See Holly) and a few deep blue Cardoons. 
Many of the shrubs can spare a few blooms for the house. The hydrangea are out and the heads look fabulous in the garden but also very classy in a vase. The paniculata heads of creamy white Limelight or Phantom look particularly impressive. There is certainly lots of buddleja (butterfly bushes) to spare and probably a few roses.
 
If you don’t want to cut flowers from your garden borders how about growing a few rows of flowers just for cutting with your vegetables. It will also benefit the your vegetable plants encouraging bees and beneficial insects like a satellite. If you have a little space it’s the perfect opportunity to seed some sweet peas in the Autumn or spring so you will be cutting probably the best beautiful fragrant blooms for the house from May to late summer.  All they need is a reasonably rich bit of ground or a pot and something to grow up. I would also suggest seeding a row of Nigella (love in the Mist) a very pretty seed head. Its definitely one of my top 10 easy to grow cut flowers. I have often sprinkled the seeds in my borders so they appear like a random mist amongst my mauve and pink perennials. Larkspur also seeds well and is very pretty, with a spiky flower appearing like a miniature delphinium, in pinks and blues. It makes a sophisticated vase. Alstroemerias is good alliums bulbs are great for the spring and definitely hellebores, delphiniums always look sophisticated what every you favourites might be , I think  finding a little nursery bed for fresh flowers or integrating some of the best for cutting into your borders is a winner.
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