The Honey Pot Flowers cutting garden has been a very productive space over the last six years providing us with a wide range of beautiful cut flowers for use in our wedding flowers, gifts and celebration bouquets.
However to grow efficiently and provide easy cutting the garden was created in long straight beds using large blocks of the same species or variety. It worked very well for us but we have decided that we want now to develop the garden to be more aesthetically pleasing, still a cutting garden but somewhere that you want to stop, sit and enjoy.
Visitors often think the cutting garden will be a wonderful sight, full of colour, but in reality there is often little to see as it has all been picked. By its very nature an efficient, large commercial cutting garden will be constantly picking and there should only be a few flowers in bloom.
Our aim over the next few years is to move away from a production orientated flower garden to one that a wonderful place to be. No longer large blocks of a single species but a garden that has wonderful colour combinations and fragrant flowers, changing naturally as the seasons develop.
During the last six years, working as wedding florists with seasonal British flowers, we have learnt a lot about bringing together stunning combinations and arrangements. We recognise that these ‘bouquets’ cannot necessarily be created in a garden setting as many of the plants you use in a bouquet may need different growing conditions. However, what we are seeking to create as you look across the garden each day of the year is a series of colour themed cameos along similar lines.
This vision requires a major change to the layout and design of our flower garden. It will continue to include a wide range of annuals, biennials and perennials but will increasingly involve more shrubs and roses.
I call this approach formal informality. We have used this in other parts of the garden very effectively, combining formal well clipped hedging with cottage garden planting of foxgloves, hesperis and campanulas. In my view the association works very well and creates a striking effect.
In addition to adding more formal hedging and having fun with our planting plans we are also looking to use height variations to add additional interest.
More details to follow …