Want to know where to find edible flowers? The best edible flowers are grown in your garden. You can't beat edible flowers that are free from pesticides, readily accessible, that add beauty to your home and garnish your food. Here are 14 edible flowers you can grow in your garden.
With a little creativity and willingness to try something new you can fill in your flower garden with edible flowers that provide food and nutrition for your family. If you want to grow more edibles in their gardens but have to worry about local ordinances, edible flowers allow them to make the most of their space in the visible parts of your yard. The flowers are not only beautiful but also fragrant, making them a perfect addition to everything from teas to salads during summer.
To grow edible flowers, choose organic gardening in your flower beds to protect your family from chemicals. This will help protect your family as well as make your garden a more bee-friendly place so that bees will pollinate your flowers and encourage them to grow more blooms.
Edible flowering trees and shrubs
Lilacs belong to the olive family and are beautiful flowering plants. Flowers such as these are highly fragrant and can be used in backyards and landscaping. Lilacs can be used for anything from a beautiful syrup to a delicious dessert garnish. The best place to plant lilacs is near an entertainment area so they can add color and fragrance, but far enough from power lines and water piles so they can grow to their full potential over several years.
It is the elderflower that produces the popular immune booster elderberries, which grows on elder trees. Despite the poisonous stems, leaves, and roots of the elder plant, the edible flowers and berries can be used in a number of ways. They should be planted where they can get full sun and out of the reach of children who might be tempted to eat the dangerous uncooked berries.
Although roses can be picky to grow, roses make a stunning addition to garden flower beds and are a great addition for any garden. Click here to read my post on growing an organic rose garden. It is common knowledge that rose petals are extracted from roses for use in beauty products, like in my raw rose mask, or my rose infused dandelion oil - but they also make a lovely garnish for goodies such as chocolate fudge brownies, delicate cakes, and candy. For the best results, choose to grow your roses organically.
some reader favorite edible rose recipes: candied rose petals | rich rose fudge brownies | rose fire cider | rose butterscotch | rose syrup | rose and mint iced green tea
Edible flowers for your garden
A popular landscaping basic is edible Lilies like Tiger Lillies. With tall stalks and beautiful orange flowers, these flowers look great in the early summer as they cover large areas. Flowers like these make a great addition to desserts and salads, and they can also be used as garnishes. To add height to garden beds, fill the back with this material. You can also line a walkway with it for a bright and cheerful addition to the landscape.
Echinacea, also known as coneflower, attracts honey bees and butterflies. These flowers serve as decorations for baking and can be used to make herbal tea with medicinal properties that can boost the immune system and fight off the common cold and flu, making them great for perennial garden beds. It takes two years for this plant to begin flowering, so plant it in a large pot and enjoy it for a few years before it produces colorful cone-shaped flowers.
A family-friendly snack that's filled with protein and nutrients, sunflower seeds make an excellent option. Cooked and salted, they make a tasty snack anywhere you are or can be shelled to mix into your favorite salad. They grow tall and love the sun, which makes them perfect for filling in the backs of garden beds or for building a fun tall structure for your children in the backyard.
Marigolds are a great edible flower that can be used in summer salads. A marigold's real magic lies in what it can bring to your garden. Marigolds can help deter pests from consuming your vegetables, as well as attract pollinators to your garden to increase its yield.
The hibiscus flower is an edible tropical flower that's also beautiful. Floral tea from these flowers is delicious, and they are a lovely garnish for cakes and salads. Zones 5 and 6 gardeners can add this edible flower to their garden as a great option.
Peonies have little edible flowers that provide a dazzling addition to desserts and salads as well as being a low-maintenance perennial bush that is great for landscaping. This is a great option for perennial landscaping beds that add a splash of color to your home.
Violets can be candied and used to decorate cakes or made into violet jelly. You can use violets as a ground cover for your lawn, helping to add a pop of color long before many other flowers begin to bloom.
Edible flowering herbs for your garden
You can grow lavender as a flowering herb in your garden. Tea made from these delicate flowers is perfect for winding down after a long day. Perennial flowering shrubs are perfect for pots near the entryways of your home and produce flowers that can be used to decorate cakes and cupcakes for decoration and can even be used for repelling mosquitoes, like in my all natural bug spray recipe.
Calendula is a bright yellow marigold that you can use to repel pests, make skincare products, and also put into your food. Olive oil lightly sauteed with this flower imparts a flavor similar to saffron. The medical value of this herb makes it well worth growing along with your other favorite marigold varieties.
Chives make a great addition to your flower or herb garden with their small but colorful blossoms. The green stems make a great seasoning for your favorite savory recipes or to add to your favorite salads. The round fluffy purple flowers of this herb have a light onion flavor, making this herb a great addition to salads during the summer along with flavoring potatoes and scrambled eggs.
The bright purple and yellow pop of color found in passionflower is perfect for brightening up an arbor or fence line. This flowering vine produces passion fruit but the birds more commonly get a hold of them before humans. The flowers of this plant are not only stunning but edible making for a beautiful garnish or addition to your favorite salads.