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Starting a Cut Flower Garden in a Small Space

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Starting a cut flower garden from scratch can be difficult. There are many factors and planning that goes into it such as cut flower garden layout and design.

This blog post is all about how to start a cut flower garden in a small space. I am writing all of this from my personal experience of creating a cut flower garden in my backyard.

Last year I grew flowers in a few raised beds and I loved how much color it brought to the garden. This year I want to try a few more varieties and have a little more space. Follow along as I build a cut flower garden in a small patch in my yard.

The Space

A little background on the yard. I bought this house over 1 year ago and the whole yard is a mix of weeds, clover, and grass. Not much has been done to the yard in some time so we are really starting from scratch.

I picked a spot on the west side of our house. In this area, a section gets sun all day. The other section should get about 4 hours of direct sunlight and then it is shaded by my neighbors house late afternoon. I’m hoping to still get some production out of the area that gets less sun, but I know it may not be as much as the other area.

I am starting with a 5’ x 24’ section. I have the chance to expand it in the future but for now I want to keep it a manageable size.

Prepping the Bed

I started by removing all the weeds and large roots in the area. Once it was clear I added a layer of compost and landscape fabric. I am following the system that Floret Flower uses for their cut flower garden. They have a lot of good information on their website on starting a cut flower garden.

I cut my landscape fabric every 12” since that spacing works well for most plants. I measure this by cutting a piece of cardboard 12” x 12” and laying it over the fabric and marking each corner. If there are plants that do better with larger or smaller spacing, I added them into my flower beds around the house instead.

In the future, I would love to set up drip irrigation to this area, but I want to test out the area first to understand the best way to lay it out.

What I’m Growing

Some flowers I have grown before and some are new to me this year. I want this to be a place to experiment and try out new flower combinations. Here is a list on flowers I am growing in the cut flower garden:

  • Zinnias
  • Cosmos
  • Dahlias
  • Atriplex
  • Rudbeckia
  • Gomphrena
  • Bells of Ireland
  • Snap dragons

The Goal

This will definitely be a learning year. I hope to understand what grows best in that area, what can handle a little more shade, and how much production a space of this size will produce.

All of the flowers I am growing for fun and to share with family, friends, and neighbors.

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