Edible flowers are perfect for anyone with an interest in gardening or food, and are the most versatile plants to have in the garden, providing a visual and culinary feast. For those of you who need convincing, just see how edible flowers can benefit your garden…
Make the most of your space
You may be lucky enough to have a large garden or allotment, but if not then why not grow an edible garden to make the most of the space you have? Why grow flowers you can only look at? Grow flowers that you can eat as well!
You only need a small courtyard garden, balcony or windowsill to enjoy edible flowers. We have specially selected a range of edible flowers which are suitable for small spaces or container gardening just for you.
Get two crops for the price of one!
Ever had so many runner beans you just do not know what to do with them? Gone on holiday and come back to find that your radishes have gone woody and started flowering? There are many vegetables which can provide you with two crops, with edible flowers either before or long-after the vegetable is ready to eat. The flowers are often tastier than the vegetable itself, and make a fantastic addition to any savoury dish. Rocket, radish, squash, courgette, peas, beans and mustard are just some of the flowering vegetables you can enjoy.
Grow them anywhere
You are only limited by your imagination…
Enhance your vegetable garden
As well as the benefits of companion planting, brighten up the look of your vegetables both on the plot and the plate by adding some beautiful edible flowers.
Happy bees and butterflies
We all know the importance of helping out bees and other pollinating insects by enriching our environment with beneficial plants so why not plant edible flowers that they enjoy as well as you?
Natural pest control and companion planting
Many of our edible flowers are perfect for companion planting. Try planting borage next to your strawberries for even sweeter fruit, marigolds next to your tomatoes to deter black and greenfly, or try garlic chives next to your carrots to help ward off carrot roof fly. Use permaculture to improve your garden.
For the amateur, or busy, gardener, we have a range of edible flowers which are quick and easy to grow.
Safe for children
If, like us, you have small (and very inquisitive!) children then you want to be sure that your garden is a safe place to be. Many common garden plants are poisonous so why not fill your garden with edible flowers instead? Be assured that if any flowers do get subjected to a toddler taste test they will come to no harm.
You can also get them to grow the flowers they like and then allow them to eat them there and then, no preparation etc.
Enjoy edible flowers all year long
By sowing a range of edible flowers you should be able to have something to harvest all year long. And check our “Eating edible flowers” section on ways of preserving them to enjoy all year round. Add a little bit of summer to winter meals.
Know your flowers are free from pesticides
By growing your own edible flowers you know that they are free from pesticides and pollutants and are safe for the whole family to eat.