When planting a beautiful flower garden, you want to provide food for pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds. What you may not have thought about is planting flowers you can eat as well. Edible flowers make a great addition to flower beds and your diet from deserts to summer salads. Here are seven edible flowers for your garden.
Seven Edible Flowers for Your Garden
If you’ve done any research at all on edible flowers, you know there’s plenty out there. Edible flowers add color to all kinds of foods, from main dishes to desserts to fancy drinks. I’ve chosen my favorite flowers to share with you.
Day Lilies are popular landscaping flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. These tall flowers make an excellent backdrop for a garden bed and a great addition to your salads or served with vanilla ice cream.
Chives make a great addition to your flower or herb garden. The green stems make an excellent seasoning for your favorite savory recipes food or addition to your salads. This herb produces round fluffy purple flowers with a light onion flavor that can make a great addition to summer salads.
Edible Flowers for Your Garden
Calendula is a bright yellow marigold that is great for repelling pests in your garden, using for skincare, and adding to your food. This flower takes on a flavor similar to saffron when lightly sauteed in olive oil.
Hibiscus has a light cranberry flavor and can make a great addition to a flowering tea garden. Use hibiscus a garnish for cocktails or a cold summer lemonade. This flower is perfect for tropical gardens and will attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
Roses are a fantastic edible flower. This flower is known for its beauty but is packed with nutrition and a soft, delicate flavor. These are perfect for decorating baked goods from brownies to full cakes.
Violets can be candied and used to decorate baked goods or made into a simple violet jelly. Soring violets make a great ground cover for your lawn, helping bring a pop of color long before many other flowers begin to blossom.
Lavender makes a great flowering herb to grow in your garden. These delicate flowers make excellent tea for relaxing at the end of the day. This perennial flowering shrub is perfect for pots near your entryways and will help repel mosquitoes while producing flowers you can use in rea or decorating cakes and cupcakes.
Note: English Lavender is edible – Spanish Lavender is not.
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