How To Plan A Cut Flower Garden

How To Plan A Cut Flower Garden

One of the best things you can do to have a successful cut flower garden is to make a good plan. There’s a Dutch saying about good planning being half of the work. Well, in the case of flower gardens, it’s absolutely true.

In this video we go through the five main steps we always take to make sure we have a solid plan for the growing year ahead. I talk about making a map of your garden, planning a list of flowers to grow, finding a safe-to-plant date, figuring out when to plant your flowers, and keeping a list of
garden jobs.

This is what works for us. Hopefully you’ll find some useful tips for your own flower growing adventures.

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BOOKS mentioned in this video:
Seed Sowing and Saving:
The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing:

Johnny’s Selected Seeds:
Floret Flowers:


  1. Rebeca Orsi on July 7, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    What zone are you located?

  2. Karen Smith on July 7, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Do you have a template of the chart that you input the information about your flowers from the book? I’d love to purchase that from you! I’m very new to all of this and love how organized you are this would be extremely helpful!

  3. Spiritual Growth Tools on July 7, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    So helpful thank you!

  4. Nas ML on July 7, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Nice video. The claim about the full moon being colder is an urban legend though. There’s no influence of the moon phase on temperature, nada. I’m a physics PhD.

  5. MochiTea on July 7, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    This is one of the most helpful videos for flower farming I’ve seen! THANK YOU!!

  6. Roxanne B on July 7, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Oh my goodness you are my Gardening Shero armed with Excel!!

  7. Miranda Beaudry on July 7, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Very helpful! I am a spreadsheet nerd as well! However I’ve been keeping a giant sketchbook in the form of a “garden journal”

  8. Allen Beachy on July 7, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    I am having trouble germinating celosia. Any tips? Anne

  9. Irishjay1369 on July 7, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    I love your spreadsheets!!! It’s giving me wonderful ideas, thank you!!! Great tips!

  10. Michelle P on July 7, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    You are super organized. I might use some of your templates. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

  11. Daxa Panchal on July 7, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    What can I sow the month of Sept please

  12. Anna Che on July 7, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Amount of lists and charts that i do is enormous)) I do and them reorganise them, they ended up very similar to yours. I love idea od exel map of a plot, im gonna borrow that)))

  13. Rebeca Orsi on July 7, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Never mind . I heard you said 6 a zone . I am in 7a and new gardener. Just researching.

  14. Svensson Chan on July 7, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Awesome strategy. Thank you so much for sharing!

  15. Zachariah K. Riley on July 7, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    The spreadsheet got you a thumbs up!

  16. Michelle O'Dell on July 7, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    I’m a total Excel geek so I’m loving your organization style!

  17. Patricia Fuller on July 7, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    OMG, you make lists and use Excel! I love that. Do you share these docs?

  18. Lauren H on July 7, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Absolutely love this, it’s so helpful. Thanks

  19. meandmysunshine1 on July 7, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you! Great information!

  20. Creatively, Candace Flower & Vegetable Gardening on July 7, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Im just like you! I have spreadsheets for soil requirements, growing temps, etc. as well!

  21. Angelina Bublik on July 7, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Love your organization!! The though process is very inspiring! Looking forward to implementing your tips!

  22. Sarah W on July 7, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Side note, i love that white sweater!

  23. Creatively, Candace Flower & Vegetable Gardening on July 7, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Id love to see a video on how you decide on the flowers, as in how many LARGE flowers you order, how many sm, medium flowers, how many FILLER flowers, etc.

  24. Donna Bauer on July 7, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Why don’t you direct seed?

  25. Jaime Morgan on July 7, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    You could sell those planning tools as a digital package!! …I’d buy it 🙂

  26. Jlo Dan on July 7, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Thank you for this video, your work ethic is inspiring !! This is my first year starting seeds indoors for fun and love. I am also in zone 6a. Do you feel like we may need to wait to plant until the weekend after Mother’s Day? I have zinnia, bachelors buttons, china aster, and cosmos from Floret, Dahlia tubers from Zephyros Farm, Lupine from Annies Annuals, then Phlox and Echinacea from Santa Rosa Gardens. Do you think I have room for a little bit of all of that in a 10′ by 3′ raised bed, or should i think about a bigger bed and/or placing in inconspicuous places in my yard? Also, (last question I swear lol), I think i may have some cosmos and zinnias that are ready now to be transplanted because they’ve grown so vigorously ( I know they can’t go in the garden yet ) do I need to place them into larger pots for the next 3/4 weeks?

  27. Anna Měsková on July 7, 2021 at 8:41 pm


  28. billiesmurphy on July 7, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    This is a wonderful and very informative video. Thank you so much!

  29. Stéphanie Turcotte on July 7, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Hi, i’m also a zone 6a, maybe 5b but I’m located in Quebec. In january there is still a lot of snow on the grown, also in febuary. I’m wondering how I can put low tunnel in the ground in january and planting my ranunculus in febuary!

    Also, I love your videos, it really helps me out!

  30. Jennifer Apiary on July 7, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Hi from NC thanks

  31. Becky Hatfield on July 7, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    As a beginning flower gardener, I can’t thank you two enough for the helpful tips! Thank you for so freely
    Sharing your wisdom with us! Love from zone 7b!

  32. Sam Carroll on July 7, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    You won a thumbs up when you broke out the spreadsheets lol

  33. Taylor Otto on July 7, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Great videos! Do you have a pdf or link to the spreadsheet you use that you keep a lot of your seed information on? The really long one you showed in the video? I need something like this but am struggling! Thank you

  34. Tammi M on July 7, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Love your geeky reference tools!!!

  35. Uday Mahurlkar on July 7, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Me from India want to work with flowers,want to settle their , love,date and marry there…. If anyone is interested please reply me as soon as possible. Thanks and regards

  36. T S on July 7, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Very helpful! Thank you so much 🙂

  37. Sarah Alloway on July 7, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    This is fantastic thank you, and such common sense x