How to care for your flowers

Dianthus Web

William Morris treasured beds filled with an abundance of old fashioned flowers and believed in “gardens that were both beautiful and productive, providing fruit and vegetables for the table.”

“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ― William Morris

Dianthus have delicate fluffy flowers commonly known as ‘pink’ and full of nectar for the long proboscis of a Butterfly.

Suitable for rock gardens or in the front of a border, Dianthus can grow anywhere between 15-45cm tall and flower around midsummer. They will flourish in plenty of light and well-draining soil, do be carefully not to plant next to anything too large that may flop over the flowers or steal all the light. Dianthus are part of the carnation family; the petals can be used for colour to decorate cakes and salads.

Larkspur is a popular flower grown in the classic cottage garden, and prized by the Victorians.

In the garden, the plants should be placed from the middle or towards the back of the arrangement, adding height and bold colours. Its wise to stake young larkspur plants to help the tall stalks support the heavy flower heads. The plants will thrive on full sun and well-drained soil, often self-seeding for the following year.

They are perfect cut flowers, adding strong colour and showy flowers to any arrangement. Try a few stems with cosmos, smaller daisy flowers, roses and double lisianthus.

The happy little faces of Heartsease are perfect for the front of a boarder, rockery and grow well in pots on the balcony. They like full sun, so be aware not to cover them with larger plants.

Dead head to prolong flowering so that the plants are nice and bushy. They will self-seed. The pretty flowers are edible and can be used to decorate curries, salads or cakes. Suitable to be frozen for ice cubes or pluck of the petals to be crystalised.