Edible Herb Flower Gardening

Like herb and vegetable gardening you will need a plan for your flower garden.  Consider your budget, style, size and scale, what flowers and when they bloom.  Do you want a casual or formal look?  Get ideas when you are out and around town, from your house style, furniture, favorite colors or magazines.

Edible Herb Flowers

Sweet

• Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile, Mat­ricaria recutita)
• Dandelion (Taraxacum spp.)
• Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
• Linden (Tilia spp.)
• Red clover (Trifolium pratense)

Spicy/sweet

• Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
• Bee balm (Monarda didyma)
• Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
• Pineapple sage (Salvia ­elegans)

Floral

• Jasmine (Jasminum sambac, J. officinale)
• Lavender (Lavandula spp.)
• Rose (Rosa spp.)
• Scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.)
• Sweet violet (Viola odorata)

Minty

• Johnny Jump-up (Viola ­tricolor)
• Mint (Mentha spp.)
• Pansy (Viola ¥wittrockiana)

Citrus

• Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)
• Lemon verbena (Aloysia ­triphylla)
• Orange (Citrus sinensis)
• Tuberous begonia (Begonia Tuberhybrida Hybrids)

Onion/garlic

• Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
• Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum)
• Society garlic (Tulbaghia violacea)

Bitter

• Calendula (Calendula ­officinalis)
• Chrysanthemum (Dendranthema morifolium)
• English daisy (Bellis perennis)
• Safflower (Carthamus ­tinctorius)
• Sunflower (Helianthus ­annuus)

Informal Containers: Plastic pots, Terra cotta or glazed ceramic, Tea kettle for kitchen herbs, Wheel barrow or whiskey barrel, Crocks, concrete container or blocks, Sink, toilet, tub, Baskets, Window boxes (plastic or wood), Tree stump

Formal Containers: Poured concrete, Decorative Urns, Cast iron Urns, Aluminum, Contemporary designs, Carved stone designs, Window boxes, Brass and wrought iron, Square wooden plantation boxes

Soil
Potting soil is the best choice for containers.  The roots of the plants need drainage, air circulation and nutrients.  Allowing your soil to dry to the feeling of a wrung out sponge will keep the plants from getting disease or root rot.  Potting soil mix works best in hanging plants because it‘s lightweight. Hanging baskets can dry out quickly, using a mix that has water-retaining gel crystals will help retain moisture longer.  You can purchase the crystals separately and add them to the potting mix.

CAUTIONS:  Edible flowers and herbs may interact with pharmaceutical drugs.  Do not or use extreme caution when eating flowers if you have a history of allergies, asthma or hayfever.  Do not consume a medicinal quantity of flowers without first consulting an herbalist or medical professional. Only eat flowers you can positively identify.  Choose organically grown flowers to avoid consuming pesticides and fertilizers.

RESOURCE:  Herb Companion Articles

http://www.herbcompanion.com/Cooking/The-Flavors-of-Flowers.aspx?page=4

http://www.herbcompanion.com/cooking/edible-flowers-list.aspx

http://www.herbcompanion.com/Gardening/Close-Compatriots.aspx

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