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Planting Edible Flowers in your Garden

By Edited May 30, 2015 5 12

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We’ve heard a lot about edible weeds, like the dandelion but here are some common flowers that are actually edible.  They create color and flavor in your kitchen.  If you plan on using flowers in the kitchen for garnish and eating, you need to make sure they are organic. Best way to be sure is to grow them yourself with no pesticides.  The petals are the edible part of the flower in most cases.

These are best started as seedlings and then transplanted into containers or to a flower bed using organic methods.  Do not transplant outside until after the last frost.

Edible flowers are most often seen on wedding cakes and on desserts in expensive restaurants.  This can add a nice color to your dishes and a great touch when you’re entertaining.  Even if you don’t want to eat these flowers, using them for garnish is a nice way to present a dish or dessert.




This flower is good tasting and great for salads. These are fairly easy to grow and can even be grown in pots or hanging baskets.  Germination will take a couple of weeks if you are starting them from seeds. These have a minty taste.



These can be used uncooked. It tastes good in salad and has a taste similar to pepper.  These are very easy growers and easy to maintain. Both the flowers and leaves are edible.



There are more than 15 types of roses in which each and every one will taste different.  There may be very little flavor.  There are so many ways you can grow roses. You can grow them in container gardens on your patio and you could grow climbers as well as in your garden.


Tulips- The petals are good in Tuna fish and it has a kind of bean flavor. Tulips are very hardy flowers and can usually resist pests. These flowers love sandy soil.


Marigolds- Marigolds taste good in deviled eggs which give it citrus flavor.  They are very easy to plant from seed. They can be grown in partial to full sun.  These flowers naturally repel insects, so growing them in your garden will have an added benefit.


Lilacs- You can use lilacs in Chicken dishes and it gives it a grassy taste.  They are simple to grow and they also make a nice garnish.

You should not eat the pollen of any flower as well as if you have allergies it is not recommended. When starting seedlings, always read the seed packet for exact directions in growing and maintainig your plants. 





Jun 9, 2013 10:18am
Love this! Definitely going to plant a few of these in my own backyard & try incorporating them into some meals. Thanks for the article.
Jun 10, 2013 7:15am
Thanks, Glad you liked the article!
Jun 10, 2013 5:39am
Thank you for a very 'tasty' article. Thumbs up!
Jun 10, 2013 7:19am
Thanks for the comment, glad you enjoyed the article!
Jun 10, 2013 10:28am
Good primer on back yard edibles. A thumb!
Jun 10, 2013 10:49am
Thanks! Most people don't realize how much food is in their back yard!
Jun 10, 2013 3:47pm
I never imagined tulips were edible. The things you learn.
Jun 11, 2013 8:02am
Wow - I never knew roses (or the others) were edible.

Definitely going to have to try this.
Jun 13, 2013 1:33pm
Now that's a great thing! First you get a surprise - a lovely bouquet of roses, pansies and tulips; and then you serve those on a tray to your loved ones. Healthy and Happy!

Sandra J.
Jun 16, 2013 10:53am
Nice article. Chives and wild garlic both have nice flowers which make a tasty addition to salads, or a nice presentation detail on a soup.
Jul 31, 2013 10:17am
I'd heard about Roses and Tulips being edible, but not these other flowers. Looks like my garden for next year will incorporate these. I do have some Naustirums in my raised garden beds, but they haven't flowered yet as I planted a bit late in the season. I'm pretty sure I read that Japan or somewhere in asia there is Rose Ice Cream and Tulip Ice Cream.
Jul 31, 2013 11:53am
Thanks for your comment! wow, I never heard of Rose Ice Cream but it makes sense.
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