Planting an edible landscape but still like color? There’s flowers that are edible too! Mixing edible flowers in among your garden or landscape attracts more beneficial insects and looks pretty too!
When planting your garden, herb bed, or edible landscaping consider adding these edible flowers to your plantings.
While you probably already consider chives a food did you realize that they have a lovely bloom? The flowering portion can be added to soups and dips. The purple bloom is pretty in a mass planting plus you can eat the green part too.
Lilac flowers form in clusters and are a lovely shade of a pinkish lavender. You can use the flowers in sweet dishes such as sherbet and can also be candied.
You’ll find many different colors of pansies. In the south this is typically the first bedding flower you see as it prefers a cooler temperature but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow them in a shady spot! Some pansy petals have a mild flavor and some can run into the wintergreen taste. All of the plant is edible. You’ll often find pansy petals on top of cakes.
Daisies are a good source of Vitamin C.
Chamomile flowers look a lot like a daisy, only smaller. Chamomile is used in tea for it’s calming effects and is an ingredient used in making salves and balms.
Many folks plant calendula right in the vegetable bed. It’s commonly known as a pot marigold. This plant attracts beneficial insects and repels others. This is why you often see marigolds (aka calendula) planted alongside tomatoes or asparagus. The plants are colorful and the petals are used as toppings in some baked goods.
I use calendula petals, infused into olive oil, in the making of a healing salve, a staple in our medicine cabinet.
This was just a short list as there are other flowers that are edible. As with all of your edibles do try to avoid using chemicals. Plants grown organically and without pesticides. You want your edibles to be as pure as possible.
Add some flowers to your garden beds this year. You’ll enhance your diet, your yard and nature.