Edible landscaping is a great way to use your garden for a purpose that includes both beauty and function. Edible flowers, along with fruits, vegetables, and culinary herbs can be mixed with non-edible plants and flowers to create a refreshing oasis.
They bring great return in the form of a bountiful harvest of things that can be enjoyed – not only by sight and smell, but also by taste.
But did you know there are also edible flowers that are not only beautiful but also tasty? Here are some edible flowers you may want to use in your edible landscape, and ideas on how you can use them after they have grown.
Why did no one ever tell me this? Here in Nova Scotia, lilacs grow everywhere, and until recently, I thought they were just a pretty flowering tree.
Lilacs have beautiful, small, purple flowers that grow in clusters. Lilacs can be used to flavor sorbet, and can be candied as a tasty treat.
There have been studies done that indicate that lilac flowers may have the medicinal effect of lowering fevers.
Daisies are well-known for their white petals and yellow inner areas.
High in Vitamin C, this is a flower whose leaves are both edible and beneficial for health. Daisies are also known to help lessen coughs and help with indigestion.
Chamomile is very similar in appearance to the daisy, with white outer leaves and yellow on the inner area.
It is popular, and used as a remedy with soothing properties, both topically and internally. Chamomile is a useful, edible flower to have on hand for its many uses.
A bold, bright flower, calendula is known for its healing abilities when used in many herbal remedies.
Calendula’s beautiful mix of orange and yellow makes it great for decorating items such as cakes and cupcakes.
Due to its bitter flavor, it is best admired as a topper rather than consuming great quantities of it.
Pansies come in a vast array of amazing, intense colors.
Some have a bright yet mild flavor, and others have the somewhat intense taste of wintergreen.
All parts can be eaten, and it is a beautiful addition to add fresh pansies to your finest decorating adventures.
This may include topping edible creations such as muffins, cupcakes, and even homemade sorbet.
You can even drop one mini pansy each into an empty ice cube tray, fill with water and freeze for some creative and dainty ice cubes. Wouldn’t that be pretty for a fancy tea party for little ones?
Someone told me to be sure to cut my chives before they went to flower. I got distracted and … wow! Since discovering the pretty chive flower, I’m happy to grow them on purpose now.
With a delicate purple flower, chives are a beautiful addition to anything savory that needs a boost of color. The flowers of chives can be tossed into a variety of soups, or mixed into cream cheese for a beautiful and tasty spread.
Try them once, and you’ll wonder why you never used them before. And you can give anyone a shocked look if they suggest cutting to prevent flowers!
Edible flowers are a great addition to any landscape. When you’re planning your garden, you’ll certainly want to plant some edible berries, perennial vegetables, and plenty of herbs, but don’t forget the flowers!
There are many kinds to choose from, and using a wide variety will ensure that you have a number of colors and shapes in your garden. There are many things you can do with your edible flowers, and growing them is only the beginning.
Definitely grow your flowers organically and without pesticides!
Keep them as pure as possible since you will eventually be consuming them. Choose a few edible flowers to grow today, and you will forever want to experience the joy that flowers bring to the table when you use them beyond the limits of a vase.0