Cut flowers to brighten your home

In these warm months of summer, there’s plenty of vibrant, beautiful flowers blooming into life. 

Brighten up your home with cut flowers to bring a snippet of your summer garden inside. 

Check out our pointers below to find out how to grow the best cut flowers. With thanks to our friends at BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine.

Plus, we’ve got an extra summer treat for you. Did you know you can crystallise cut flowers for cake decorations? We’ve got a special recipe from Dame Mary Berry, as made on the Big Kitchen at this year’s BBC Good Food Show Summer. Find out more below…

BBC Gardeners' World Live (15th - 17th June 2022)

Tips for cut flowers

Cut flowers can bring a wonderful pop of colour to your garden, windowsill or kitchen table, and there’s so many varieties available to grow.

Here are some top tips for growing cut flowers, from our friends at BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine:

  • Give plants lots of space by thinning out the seedlings
  • Cut off side shoots to focus the plant’s energy on producing flowers
  • Keep on top of weeds
  • Use twine or canes to keep your flowers off the ground
  • Water and feed regularly
  • Cut flowers regularly to encourage new blooms
  • The best time to pick flowers is in the morning, when their stems are full of water. The next best time is the evening

Elderflower and limoncello syllabub

This recipe, from Dame Mary Berry, is from the BBC Good Food Show Summer, as seen on the Big Kitchen.
Serves 6

Syllabub is made from curdling sweet cream or milk with an acid, such as cider or wine. Top with beautiful crystallised flowers for an especially summery sweet treat.

  • 100ml elderflower cordial
  • 3 tbsp limoncello
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 300ml pouring double cream
  • Crystallised flowers, raspberries or mint sprigs
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  1. Tip the cordial, limoncello and lemon juice into a large mixing bowl and pour in the double cream. Whisk using an electric whisk until you reach soft peaks.
  2. Spoon the mixture into six glasses and place in the fridge to chill. Top with crystallised flowers, raspberries or mint sprigs to serve.
How to crystallise your flowers

This recipe is from the BBC Good Food Magazine.

  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tbsp water
  • petals from your cut flowers
  • 55g/2oz superfine caster sugar
  1. Stir together the egg white and water in a small bowl. Then, grasping your petals with some tweezers, brush the egg mixture onto both sides of the petals.

  2. In a different bowl, pour in the sugar and toss in the petals. Once coated, transfer to a rack and leave the petals to dry for at least 6 hours.

BBC Gardeners’ World Live will be back alongside the BBC Good Food Show Summer from 15-18 June 2023. Find out more below…

New year, new garden, new trends!

We’re through the garden gate into 2023, with a host of gardening trends blooming throughout the country. From house plants reaching dizzying heights of popularity, to the colour of the year ‘Viva Magenta’, read on for our full list of trends.

To get up close and personal with fresh garden inspiration, new plants, the latest gardening kit and more, join us in 2023.

Colour of the Year 2023

Hand-picked by Pantone, the colour of the year has been named as ‘Viva Magenta. 

Pantone describe the colour as ‘brave and fearless, and a pulsating colour whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative.’

Discover a world of colour and scent in the stunning Floral Marquee,  bursting with award-winning nurseries and display.

Sustainable gardening

Whilst your garden might seem to already be very green, it can always be greener!

Discover ways you can make gardening more sustainable, like upcycling common items to make stylish features. What was a pallet, hessian bags, bits of pipe, and tin cans, could become a planter, grow bags, water features, and wildlife habitats.

Be inspired by the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine editorial team as they’re joined by experts to give tips and advice.

Grow your own food

Looking to go from soil to supper this year? Get brilliant advice from the National Allotment Society at the event.

Peat-free gardening

Learn about the latest peat-free compost from exhibitors who can offer face-to-face advice.

Indoor gardening

Foliage doesn’t just belong outside – bring nature indoors and be inspired by the Houseplant Hub.

Mindful gardening

Beautiful Borders returns with this year’s theme ‘My Garden Escape’ to give you space savvy ideas.

Gardening on a budget

Discover different ways you can let your garden bloom under a tighter budget, with advice from expert gardeners.

Fermented foods

Visit the BBC Good Food Summer Show (with free entry with your ticket!) and discover the latest foodie trends.

Feeling inspired? Find out what else is happening at BBC Gardeners’ World Live this June!