There are many reasons why we should grow our own cut flowers. The flowers that we buy from many florists and supermarkets are often flown in out of season from abroad, potentially with the widespread use of chemicals, dubious employee welfare and high carbon emissions. Homegrown cut flowers are local, sustainable and beautiful and can be grown organically. They can help us to connect us with the seasons.


There are more flower farmers in the UK than ever, and many of us are now keen to grow our own cut flowers, just as we do our food.

The recent bumper crop of flower growing books reflects this trend; we round up the best.

The best flower growing books of 2023

Grow and Gather: A Gardener's Guide to A Year of Cut Flowers

by Grace Alexander
Quadrille, £20
ISBN 978-1787135840

Sow and Gather

‘If I had one piece of advice for you, it would be invest in your soil’. It’s a brave woman who writes about the intricacies of soil health when so many people want flash results without the hard graft. But I applaud author and grower Grace Alexander’s honesty in this book, because this is the most valuable tip for anyone wanting to grow flowers (or pretty much anything else). There’s no compare-and-despair here. Failures are given as much weight as success. Her book is so full of good sense and patient observation that you feel you are right alongside her as she sows, weeds, plans and grows.
Reviewer Caroline Beck is a flower farmer in Durham.

Cut Flowers: Bloom Gardener's Guide

by Celestina Robertson
Frances Lincoln, £12.99
ISBN 978-0711269958

Cut Flowers by Celestina Robertson

Cut Flowers is an almost pocket-sized title that contains a surprising amount of hardworking information. The book begins by setting the context for why we should grow our own cut flowers, spotlighting the mass-market flower industry. Beyond industry ethics, Cut Flowers delivers the promise of its lengthy subtitle with advice on how to prepare the ground, sow seed, nurture, harvest and fill your vases. There is much to know and Robertson packs it in. Read our full review of Cut Flowers.
Reviewer Rae Spencer-Jones is a garden writer.

The Little Flower Recipe Book

by Jill Rizzo
Artisan Books, £23.99
ISBN 978-1648290534

Little Flower Recipe book

Easy-to-follow seasonal guides to miniature flower arrangements, such as a thimbleful of pansies or a teacup of delphinium, phlox and Chinese forget-me-not, from an acclaimed US florist.

The Modern Flower Press

by Melissa Richardson and Amy Fielding
William Collins, £30
ISBN 978-0008447366

Modern Flower Press book

The florists behind JamJar Flowers share their modern take on the lost art of pressing flowers, with advice on how to prepare, press and display them.

From Seed to Bloom: A year of Growing and Designing with Seasonal Flowers

by Milli Proust
Quadrille Publishing, £20
ISBN 978-1787137349

From Seed to Bloom by Milli Proust

The layout and content of this beautiful book reflects the author’s enormously popular social media content to a highly visually literate readership. The practicalities of plot layout, tool kit, and general notes on growing and floristry are dealt with quickly at the beginning of the book, after which Proust takes you through a year divided into eight mini seasons. In a post-pandemic world, many love the idea of growing flowers and creating with them and this fairy-tale inspiration, with step-by-step projects, shows exactly what you’ll need to grow to make them.
Reviewer Georgie Newbery is a flower farmer and author, and owner of Common Farm Flowers.

Flowers Forever: Celebrate the Beauty of Dried Flowers with Stunning Floral Art

by Bex Partridge
Hardie Grant Books, £20
ISBN 978-1784884345

Flowers Forever by Bex Partridge

In this book, Partridge argues convincingly that most flowers, grasses, foliage and seedheads can, and should, have a life beyond the freshly picked, and many of them develop a deeper character when they are dried and displayed with imagination. There are clear "What, When & How to Dry" sections on everything from traditional flowers for drying, such as strawflowers to wild grasses. The book itself is a beautiful thing to hold, and the atmospheric photographs by Laura Edwards demonstrates how nothing is off limits, and that dried flowers should not be seen as the gloomy secondbest of winter, but the more dynamic sculptural forms of a wildness that we all need much more of in our lives.
Reviewer Caroline Beck is a writer and flower farmer.

The Flower School

by Joseph Massie
Quadrille Publishing, £27
ISBN 978-1787138209

The Flower School by Joseph Massie

A modern take on floral design from Joseph Massie, five-time Gold medallist at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

How to Grow the Flowers: A sustainable approach to enjoying flowers throughout the seasons

by Marianne Mogendorff and Camila Romain
Pavilion Books, £20
ISBN 978-1911682011

How to grow the flowers book

From their urban plot in north London Mogendorff and Romain, the flower-growing partnership behind the Wolves Lane Flower Company, work with the seasons, growing flowers and foliage in an environmentally friendly way, and they want to inspire the readers of their book to do the same. Starting with autumn, each season is divided into four topics: soil, seed, tend and harvest. They may have no horticultural background and have been growing for only five years but the text is impressively comprehensive. Meanwhile, the wreaths, hand-held bouquets and vase arrangements dotted through the book are delightfully unfussy and eminently achievable.
Reviewer Louise Curley is a garden writer.



Veronica Peerless is a trained horticulturalist and garden designer.