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Plants with Edible Flowers

Edible flowers - they’re not just for Michelin starred chefs (although please feel free to credit us if you get one!) Flowers you can eat are easy to grow in beds or pots and can be used in salads, desserts and drinks for their flavour or as cake decorations and garnishes. Try Nasturtium and Peony in a salad, Osteospermum and Violas in ice cubes or scatter some Marigold and Pansy petals on your bakes to take your entertaining to the next level - there are more ideas in our edible flower guide.

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Growing Edible Flowers

It's best to grow your own edible flowers, to ensure they’re as fresh as possible. Edible varieties include Dahlias, Honeysuckle, Violas, Pansies, Hollyhocks, Peonies and Marigolds along with flowering herbs like Borage, Mint, Chives and Coriander. Never use pesticides on edible flowers - if pests are a problem, try natural pest control methods. And if you have dogs or cats, make sure you plant your edible crops away from any areas your pets might use as a toilet!

How to pick Edible Flowers

Edible flowers are best served fresh, so always pick them as close as possible to the time you need them. The best time to pick is first thing in the morning before they’ve been in the sun too long - pick the largest, freshest looking blooms and reject any that are wilted, diseased or damaged by pests. You can store your edible flowers in the fridge for a day or two. It’s best not to wash them, but if you prefer to, you can dip them in a bowl of cold water and shake gently to dry. The petals are usually the best bit. Remove the heel at the base of the flower (which can often taste bitter) along with the stamens, pistil and calyx of larger flowers like Hollyhocks. With smaller varieties like Pansies, you can eat the whole flower.

How to use Edible Flowers

In salads: Try Gladiolus (similar taste to lettuce), Peony, Dahlia (flavours include chestnut, spicy apple and carrot!) and Nasturtium (a peppery taste like watercress.) As a garnish: Pansies and Violas bring colour and a lovely mild, fresh flavour to sweet or savoury dishes,and look especially lovely sprinkled on top of cupcakes. In drinks: Add a scattering of blue Borage petals to cocktails or fruit punches, or freeze Osteospermums and Pansies into ice cubes. In preserves: The clove-like taste of Dianthus makes them ideal to flavour sugars, oils and vinegars. Rose petals make delicious jams and jellies and Honeysuckle can be made into a syrup. Dip petals in sugar to make candied violets or dry Calendula for a lovely saffron substitute.

What NOT to eat

Not all flowers are edible. The following flowers are poisonous and must never be eaten: Daffodil, Poppy, Foxglove (Digitalis), Sweet Pea, Bluebell, Delphinium, Aquilegia, Lobelia, Lily of the Valley and Clematis. This list is not exhaustive. If you’re in any doubt about whether a flower is edible or not, don’t risk it.

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Wisteria floribunda 'Macrobotrys' | Japanese Wisteria | On a 90cm Cane in a 3L Pot

The largest flowering Wisteria with spectaular lavender-coloured racemes up to 1m long!

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  • Cascading waterfalls of purple and white petals
  • Flowers from May to June
  • The ultimate plant to train up structures
  • Fully hardy perennial–will flower year after year
Lavender 'Hidcote Improved'

Fill your garden with the unmistakable fragrance of fresh Lavender

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  • Violet and lavender purple flowers all summer long
  • Fills your garden with a warm and beautiful scent
  • Very easy to grow and care for
  • 6 Plants–all you need to create a Lavender border!
3 Organic Wild Bergamot Plants

Delicious taste with stunning flowers

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  • Spicy, warm flavour similar to Oregano
  • Anti-microbial properties–great for colds and congestion
  • Beautiful purple, intricate flowers
  • A true pollinator's favourite, especially bees
Organic Edible Flower Pack | 40 Plants

Beauty and Flavour to propel dishes to new heights

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  • Beautiful and delicious range of edible flowers
  • Adds amazing colour and flavour to dishes
  • Light up a salad or use as a garnish
  • All easy to grow and will look fantastic in your garden
Wisteria Sinensis | Chinese Wisteria | On a 90cm Cane in a 3L Pot

The classic Chinese Wisteria, often seen dazzling in May

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  • Cascading waterfalls of purple and white petals
  • Flowers from May to June
  • The ultimate plant to train up structures
  • Fully hardy perennial–will flower year after year
Marsh Marigold

Heart shaped leaves, loved by bees

5 options from from £12.00
  • Zone 2 - Pond Edges
  • Grows best in full sun to partial shade
  • Flowers during March and April
  • A native plant which is highly attractive to pollinators
Passiflora Amethyst Lavender Lady 3L

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  • Purple-blue flowers up to 11cm across
  • Blooms from July to October
  • Orange fruits add autumn colour
  • Perfect for a sunny wall or arbour
Geranium 'Dreamland'

Sweet blush pink blooms year after year

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  • Delicate, blush-pink flowers
  • Fully Hardy in the UK–flowers year after year
  • Excellent ground-cover for borders and beds
  • Flowers from May-September
Watercress | Rorippa nasturtium aquaticum

Attractive and delicious!

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  • Zone 2 - Pond Edges
  • Thrives in full sun or partial shade
  • Blooms from June to August
  • Can be eaten if grown in clean water
Osteospermum 'Tresco Purple' | 3L Pot

Bold Violet flowers for bright borders

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  • Violet daisy-like flowers with a dark centre
  • Flowers from June to October
  • A splash of summer colour in borders
  • Great for container displays
Osteospermum 'Blue Eyed Beauty' 1L Pot

A delicious blend of the sweeter colours of summer

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  • Yellow flowers with a Violet Blue eye
  • Flowers from June to September
  • Perfect feature in borders or pots
  • Easy to grow and care for
Geranium 'Vision Pink' 1L Pot

Blush Pink blooms all Summer

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  • Blush Pink blooms in abundance
  • Flowering from June to September
  • Perfect ground cover for borders
  • Long flowering, easy care perennial
40 Geranium 'Show Stopper' Collection Plug Plants
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40 Geranium 'Show Stopper' Collection Plug Plants

Bright summer display that will make your garden come alive

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  • Fantastic blend of Whites, Purples, Pinks and Reds
  • Perfect for borders, pots and baskets
  • Annual bedding flowers from May to September
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40 Geranium Palladium 'Candy Floss' Collection Plug Plants
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40 Geranium Palladium 'Candy Floss' Collection Plug Plants

Little summer sticks of candy floss growing toward the sun

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  • A fantastic blend of pinks, purples and whites
  • Ideal for a pot on the patio or in the garden
  • Annual bedding that flowers from May all the way to September
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40 Mixed Marigold 'French Fancy' Plug Plants
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40 Mixed Marigold 'French Fancy' Plug Plants

A fiery mix of summer sunshine

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  • Double flowers of bright orange, red and yellow
  • Fill a bed or pot with all the colours of sunshine
  • Annual bedding with flowers from May to September
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40 Geranium Palladium 'Red' Plug Plants
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40 Geranium Palladium 'Red' Plug Plants

Powerful red in abundance all around the garden

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  • A mix of deep and vibrant red Geraniums
  • All you need to fill several baskets and pots or a border
  • Annual bedding flowers from May all the way to September
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Osteospermum FlowerPower 'Purple Sun' Jumbo Plug Plants
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Osteospermum FlowerPower 'Purple Sun' Jumbo Plug Plants

Spectacular early season colour

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  • Beautiful ombre effect flowers with violet and peach tones
  • Grow this upright plant in large containers or mid-border
  • Extra large, garden ready, jumbo plugs
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Osteospermum 'Serenity Sunshine Beauty' Jumbo Plug Plants
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Osteospermum 'Serenity Sunshine Beauty' Jumbo Plug Plants

Let the sunshine bloom all summer long

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  • Sunshine colours which turn from yellow to orange
  • Perfectly suited to patio pots
  • Annual bedding which flowers from May to September
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Wisteria 'Black Dragon' | Wisteria Floribunda | On a 90cm Cane in a 3L Pot
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Wisteria 'Black Dragon' | Wisteria Floribunda | On a 90cm Cane in a 3L Pot

Deepest purple feature climber

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  • Dark violet-purple flowers with a light fragrance
  • Colour changing foliage for year-round interest
  • Ideal feature plant for a sunny wall or pergola
  • RHS Award winner
Mixed Osteospermum 'Berries & Cream' Jumbo Plug Plants | Akila F1 Series
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Mixed Osteospermum 'Berries & Cream' Jumbo Plug Plants | Akila F1 Series

A delicious blend of the sweetest colours of summer

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  • Perfect blend of purples, pinks, and whites
  • Makes an excellent pot or bed feature
  • Annual bedding with flowers from June to September
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Geranium Sunflair 'Eva White' Jumbo Plug Plants
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Geranium Sunflair 'Eva White' Jumbo Plug Plants

Sparkling white with purple accents

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  • Large heads of daisy white petals with contrasting purple stamens
  • Perfect for pots, borders and baskets
  • Extra large, garden ready, jumbo plugs
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Lobelia Waterfall 'Lavender' Jumbo Plug Plants
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Lobelia Waterfall 'Lavender' Jumbo Plug Plants

Cascading waterfalls of lavender blooms

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  • A profusion of small, delicate lavender flowers
  • Trailing habit makes them excellent for hanging baskets
  • Annual bedding with blooms from May all the way to October
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Geranium Sunflair 'Linda Pink' Jumbo Plug Plants
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Geranium Sunflair 'Linda Pink' Jumbo Plug Plants

Candy pink blooms all summer long

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  • Large semi-double blooms in an irresistible candy pink
  • Looks great in containers, borders and baskets
  • Extra large, garden ready, jumbo plugs
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Osteospermum Serenity 'Dark Purple' Jumbo Plug Plants
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Osteospermum Serenity 'Dark Purple' Jumbo Plug Plants

Deep and dark as a summer sky

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  • Vibrant magenta flowers with a deep, dark centre
  • An upright plant ideal for mid-border or a dramatic container
  • Extra large, garden ready, jumbo plugs
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