Exploring the Art of Planting Edible Flowers in Your Garden


Edible flowers are becoming increasingly popular in the culinary world. These flowers not only add beautiful colors to a plate, but they also bring unique flavors to different foods. If you’re a food lover and want to enhance your dishes with tasty blooms, planting edible flowers in your garden is a great idea.

When selecting edible flowers, it’s important to know which parts of the flowers are safe to eat. Nurseries and garden centers sell a variety of edible flowers, particularly in the form of seeds or potted plants. Some popular edible flowers include marigolds, hibiscus, and dill. Before picking flowers from your garden or buying them at a nursery, it’s crucial to check if the flowers are treated with any pesticides.

Edible flowers, like any other food, are subject to food allergies. Some people may have allergies to certain flowers, so it’s recommended to try a small sample before consuming a large quantity. Additionally, some flowers can be toxic if ingested, so it’s important to know the toxicity level of each flower. Calyx is a particularly toxic part of some flowers, so it’s best to remove it before eating.

In general, edible flowers are a great source of culinary inspiration. Their unique flavors can add a whole new dimension to dishes, from salads to desserts. For example, marigolds have a slightly lemony flavor which pairs well with salads, while hibiscus adds a tart and floral note to beverages.

If you’re a fan of natural ingredients and want to avoid using pesticides, growing edible flowers in your own garden is a good option. You can control the conditions in which the flowers grow and know exactly what they have been exposed to. Plus, it’s always satisfying to see the beautiful blooms in your garden before you dive into their delicious flavors. So why not give it a try and start planting edible flowers today?

Growing Edible Flowers

When it comes to incorporating edible flowers into your cooking, it’s important to know how to grow them properly. These beautiful blooms not only add a burst of color to your dishes, but they also provide a unique and delightful flavor.

First and foremost, select edible flowers that are safe to eat. There are many varieties to choose from, each with their own flavors and uses. Some popular choices include nasturtiums, violets, pansies, and marigolds. Be sure to consult a reliable source, such as a gardening handbook, to know which flowers are edible and how they should be grown.

When planting edible flowers, it’s important to keep in mind that they have different growing requirements compared to other plants in your garden. Some flowers may prefer full sun, while others thrive in partially shady areas. Be sure to give each flower the appropriate amount of water and fertilizer, and consider incorporating companion plants such as dill or mint to deter pests.

Once your edible flowers are in full bloom, it’s time to start harvesting. The best time to pick them is in the morning, when the flowers are at their freshest. Gently pluck the flowers from the plant, making sure to remove any pistils or seed heads. If you’re unsure which parts of the flower are edible, consult a reliable source for guidance.

Before using the flowers in your culinary creations, it’s important to give them a good rinse to remove any dirt or pests. Edible flowers can be used in a variety of ways, from simply garnishing salads to incorporating them into desserts. Some flowers have a sweet flavor, while others are more tart or spicy. Experiment with different flowers to discover which flavors work best with the dishes you enjoy.

It’s worth noting that some individuals may have allergies to certain types of flowers, so always exercise caution when introducing new ingredients into your meals. If you have any doubts about a specific flower, consult a medical professional before consuming it.

In conclusion, growing edible flowers can be a fun and rewarding experience for any gardener. Not only do they add beauty to your garden, but they also provide a valuable source of color and flavor to your favorite dishes. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, consider incorporating edible flowers into your planting list and enjoy the many ways they can enhance your culinary creations.


If you’re thinking about planting edible flowers in your garden, there are a few key things you should know to get started. Edible flowers are a great way to add beauty and diversity to your plate, and they can be a pesticide-free source of natural flavors and colors. Here are some tips to help you on your way:

  • Choose the right flowers: Not all flowers are edible, so it’s important to know which ones are safe to eat. There are many edible flowers to choose from, including marigolds, pansies, and nasturtiums. Before diving in, do some research and make a list of the flowers you’re interested in planting.
  • Consider allergies: If you or someone in your household has allergies, be cautious when selecting flowers to grow and eat. Some edible flowers can cause allergic reactions in certain individuals, so it’s important to know what to avoid.
  • Prepare the soil: Edible flowers, like any other plant, require good soil to thrive. Make sure your garden bed is well-prepared, with rich, fertile soil. This will help your flowers grow and produce the best blooms.
  • Plant strategically: Think about where and how you want to plant your edible flowers. Some flowers, like marigolds, can deter pests, so they can be planted near other plants that are susceptible to pests. Others, like nasturtiums, can attract pests away from your other plants. Consider the desired effects and companion planting before deciding where to plant each flower.
  • Learn how to harvest: Not all parts of the flower are edible, so it’s important to know which parts to use and how to pick them. For example, the petals of marigolds and pansies can be used, while the pistils and stamens should be removed. Be sure to follow proper harvesting techniques to get the best flavors and the most out of your flowers.
  • Try different uses: Edible flowers can be used in a variety of ways in the kitchen. They can be used fresh in salads, as colorful and flavorful garnishes for main dishes, or even as ingredients in cocktails and desserts. Experiment with different recipes and techniques to find out what you enjoy the most.
  • Get advice from the experts: There are many books and online resources available on growing and using edible flowers. These can provide valuable information on specific flowers, their flavors, and their culinary uses. Don’t hesitate to seek advice from experienced gardeners or flower sellers who specialize in edible flowers.
  • Be cautious when buying: Be aware that not all flowers sold as “edible” are actually safe to eat. Some flowers may have been treated with pesticides or other chemicals that are not suitable for consumption. If buying edible flowers, make sure you source them from a reputable seller who can provide information about how they were grown and any pesticides used.
  • Enjoy the beauty: While the main focus of edible flowers is their taste, don’t forget to appreciate their beauty. Many edible flowers have vibrant colors and unique shapes that can enhance the visual appeal of your garden and your plate.

By following these tips, you can get started on growing and enjoying your own pesticide-free edible flowers. Remember to do your research, exercise caution when selecting and harvesting flowers, and have fun exploring the wide range of flavors and uses that edible flowers can bring to your culinary creations.


If you are a plant grower or have a garden, selling edible flowers can be a great way to diversify your product line and attract more customers. Edible flowers are becoming increasingly popular for their unique flavors and beautiful appearance, making them a top choice for both culinary and decorative uses.

  • Expand your offerings: By including edible flowers in your list of products, you can offer something different from other growers.
  • Increased demand: Edible flowers are being used more and more in cooking, particularly in salads and as a topping for various dishes.
  • Wide variety of flavors: Edible flowers come in a range of flavors, from sweet to spicy, allowing customers to choose the ones that suit their taste preferences.
  • Safe and toxin-free: Edible flowers are generally safe for consumption and are free of harmful pesticides or other toxic substances.
  • Excellent book pairing: Edible flowers can be incorporated into various recipes and are an excellent choice for those interested in culinary books.
  • Popular choices: Some of the most popular edible flowers include hibiscus, marigolds, and dill.
  • Great for packaging: The vibrant colors of edible flowers, such as purple and white, make them eye-catching additions to any packaged product.
  • Open up new serving opportunities: Edible flowers can enhance the visual appeal of any dish and add a touch of elegance to the plate.
  • Non-traditional plant choice: Growing edible flowers can be a unique selling point, as many people don’t typically think of plants in terms of what they can eat.

There are several ways to sell edible flowers, such as packaging them in a bunch or offering them individually. You can sell them fresh or dried, depending on the demand and shelf life. It’s important to know the Latin names of the plants you are selling, as some flowers have different flavors and uses depending on their species.

When it comes to selling edible flowers, it’s always a good idea to provide suggestions to customers on how to use them in cooking or decorating. You can create a list of recipes that incorporate edible flowers and offer it as a resource to your customers. Additionally, you can pair edible flowers with other products you sell, such as herbs or spices, to create unique bundles.

By planting edible flowers and diving into the world of selling them, you can open up new opportunities for your garden or business. Whether it’s for personal enjoyment or profit, edible flowers are a beautiful and delicious addition to any plate.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.