Can you believe that spring is just around the corner? The sun is setting later, the days are slowly getting longer and budding flowers will soon return to our yards. As a new homeowner, now is the time to decide what you want to do with your garden.
Have you considered gardening with edible flowers? Similar to herbs, edible flowers can be added to your meals as well as your drinks throughout the year, adding a pop of color and fragrant delight.
More Than Just Garnish
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There are a lot of benefits to gardening with edible flowers. First, most of the flowers are absolutely gorgeous to look at. Flowers like roses have been used in the edible sense for centuries. From rose water to rose tea, edible flowers are not a new phenomenon. They not only smell amazing but they can also be used for your culinary projects as well.
With a quick scroll on Instagram under the hashtag #edibleflowers, you will fall down a rabbit hole of creative foodies and gardeners that transform their edible plants into vivid, garnished dreams that can be seen on baked goods, salads, drinks and other festive eats.
Common Edible Flowers
Start off with just a few flowers that are easy to grow and maintain. Here is a short list of edible flowers people tend to consume frequently.
Before you buy your seeds and flowers to start your delectable garden, it’s important to note which flowers are safe to eat and which ones are not. Do your research and if you aren’t sure if a flower is safe to eat, then simply don’t.
Gardening can be both relaxing and rewarding. Enjoy the fruits of your labor when your beautiful flowers bloom, then plate and pair them with something delicious. Here are a few ways to get you started with edible flowers.Jump to Products
Indoor Edible Flower Garden Kit
If you like the idea of edible flowers but prefer to grow them inside, this kit is made just for you. It contains everything you need; soil, pots, seeds and plant markers. All you have to do is find the best light, plant it, and let Mother Nature do her thing. It also includes five seeds to start your indoor edible garden. In your kit you'll find borage, sunflower, Thai basil, nasturtium and dill. Borage is more of an herb that is similar to basil, but not as popular. The nasturtium plant has a peppery taste, making it a great addition to poultry and salads.
Veritable Edible Flower Lingots
Gardening doesn't have to be hard. At Sur La Table, you will find the Veritable Edible Flower Lingots kit. This kit includes pansy, petunia, phlox, and zucchini flowers. If you want to grow some edible flowers that sprout quickly, you will enjoy this. These flowers have about a three-to-six-month lifespan making them perfect for the upcoming spring season. Both the seeds and soil are organic and free of pesticides and GMOs. Pansy flowers make for great toppings in parfaits or dressings for your favorite cocktail. Just remember, petunias are part of the nightshade family, so while you can use them as a garnish, you should be cautious about full consumption.
Lavender Live Plants
If you want a flower that has a beautiful and welcoming fragrance that also tastes good, then you should plant lavender in your garden. Lavender can be grown both indoors and outdoors. With this 3-pack from Better Homes & Gardens from Walmart, you don't have to decide just one place to plant them because you will have options. At almost three quarts in size, this lavender plant can stand on its own in the kitchen and on the patio. Lavender is a calming flower and when it's dried, can be used for teas and as food seasoning.
Hibiscus Flowering Bush
You will enjoy all of spring and summer with this beautiful hibiscus bush. It will provide your garden with vibrant colors and many flowers. Available at Home Depot, hibiscus will brighten up your landscape and your dinner plate. Hibiscus thrives in hot weather and a lot of sun, so make sure you plant your bush after the last frost for your location. You can always use the Old Farmer's Almanac to determine your region and frost dates. You will be so thrilled with your blooming hibiscus and it will be a great addition to your teas, cocktails and pastries.
If you haven't checked out some of the small farmers on Etsy, you are missing out. Discover gardeners and farmers who sell some of their fresh, live plants and deliver them with care. RosieBellFarm has Heliopsis Sunstruck a.k.a 'False Sunflower' that can be reserved and shipped just in time for spring. Sunflowers have a tendency to grow tall, so make sure you plant them in areas that offer enough space. The beautiful thing about sunflowers is that you can eat the entire flower! Roast the seeds in the oven to eat as a snack. Or, pluck the petals for salads and use the stems as hearty greens.
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