Edible Flowers for the Wellness Garden

flower fruit salad

Designing a garden with edible flowers is not only pretty to look at, but delicious to eat. It also makes the garden safe for clients that may not know eating random flowers can be dangerous.

Growing edible flowers in your garden is easy and so beautiful, that they can be grown in your front yard! Growing them yourself also insures that pesticides were not used (they will alter the flavors), as florist trade flowers are usually sprayed and roadside flowers may be tainted with automobile fumes.

Colorful Hollyhocks
List of great edible flowers:

Alcea rosea – Hollyhock ~ Full of vitamins

Aquilegia canadensis – Columbine ~ Refreshingly sweet

Borago officinalis – Borage ~ Taste like cucumbers


Calendula officinalis – Marigolds ~ High in vitamin A & C

Campanula persicifolia – Bellflower ~ Sweet

Centaurea cyanus – Cornflower ~ Stunning garnish

Cercis canadensis – Redbud ~ Acidic in taste

Dianthus – Cheddar Pinks ~ Taste like cloves


Gladiola – Lettuce-like

Hemerocallis – Daylilies ~ Have a chestnut flavor

Hibiscus syriacus – Rose of Sharon ~ Great garnish

Nasturtiums ~ Has a peppery bite

Lavandula – Lavender ~ Clean and flowery tasting


Lonicera japonica – Japanese honeysuckle

Monarda didyma – Bee Balm ~ Minty

Oxalis corniculata – Yellow Wood Sorrel ~ Pleasant sour taste

Rosa spp. – Wild Rose ~ Petals & fruits (hips)

Sambucus canadensis – Elderberry ~ The flower clusters make a nice tea

Red Beebalm

Solidago odora – Sweet Goldenrod ~ aromatic, anise-flavored

Syringa vulgaris– Lilac ~ Sweet and fragrant

Tilia americana – Basswood ~ The leaf buds and flowers

Trifolium spp. – Clover ~ Taste like honey

Viola, spp. – Violet ~ The leaves & flowers

Care while processing the blooms:
  • Pick flowers right before you intend on using them, but they can be kept inside a damp paper towel in the refrigerator for a day.
  • Always rinse blooms gently with water and pat dry with paper towels.
What to do with your blossoms:

In addition to the fruits, squash plants provide edible blossoms. Male flowers supposedly hold the most flavor. Many find dipping them in a tempura batter or lightly sautΓ©ing them delightful.

There are also many blossoms for the salad bowl such as; nasturtiums, arugula, okra, chives, basil, marigold, fennel, mustard or bee balm. Many fruit salads benefit with pineapple sage, rose, violet, lilac or pansy blossoms.

Candied decorations are easily made by collecting roses, pansies, violets or other edible flowers. Evenly brush a light coat of lightly beaten egg white and sprinkle with superfine (not confectioners) sugar. Let dry on a bakers rack or screen and store in a tight-lidded container.

As daylilies start to fade, harvest them and place in a vegetable steamer until just wilted. Toss with a little butter and Parmesan cheese for a great appetizer.

Ice blossoms are a beautiful way to dress-up drinks and punches. Fill an ice container half-full of water and freeze. Add flowers carefully, then add a teaspoon of water on top, being careful not to move the blooms. After they freeze, fill balance of tray.

Scented sugar is easily made by layering scented geranium leaves, such as lemon, rose, chocolate or mint within a sugar bowl. Using this sugar is great in ice teas and baking.

To make a tasty spread for bread or crackers, fold calendula, nasturtium or arugula blossoms into soft butter or cream cheese.

Do you have a favorite edible flower that didn’t make this Midwestern list?

Do you have any favorite flower recipes you’d like to share?

Please leave them in the comments!!

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13 thoughts on “Edible Flowers for the Wellness Garden

  1. I had no idea there were so many edible flowers! And so many ways to prepare and use them. πŸ™‚ The photo is very attractive. πŸ™‚
    I just know one you shouldn’t eat any part of – the Oleander. We had two large, beautiful bushes in our garden when we first moved in here. Unfortunately I had to have them removed as my then 2 year old put everything in her mouth. They are the only plants I’ve deliberately killed. πŸ™
    And my husband had a friend who fascinated my kids by eating the rose petals put on our plates as decoration, when we went out for a meal. He’s like, You can eat these! Proceeds to do so! My kids eyes were round as saucers – as were mine! πŸ˜€

    1. Oh… Oleander. Yeah, not one to have around when you’ve got a grazer πŸ˜‰ I had some in Florida, very nice for shade.
      Last spring, I was volunteering for the Master Naturalists and had violets floating in my tea, in a clear bottle. The kids were so fascinated! “Hey Mom! This lady is drinking flowers!” Haha!!!

  2. I can’t seem to comment on your next post, Mindfulness Practice, so will add one here. πŸ™‚
    It’s very good advice, to concentrate on being in the present, even for a short time. It brings such peace, and I would imagine easier to achieve in the setting of a Wellness Garden. My mind is always filtering a hundred stray thoughts and I hear everything! I should take your advice and sit in the present a little more often. πŸ˜€

    1. Gosh. I wonder if the ‘no comments’ box is checked. πŸ€” 🀯
      Thank you!
      Yes, I have tried to do this at least once a week. I’ll also do this when I’m in an optomal setting and really try to focus. Then later, when I am frustrated or anxiety is high, I can go back to that time and relive all the relaxed senses. ☺️😌😌

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