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Hafferty’s Planting List Of Recommended Edible Flowers

In the recent issue of Permaculture Magazine, British permaculture gardening expert Stephanie Hafferty recommends planting the following edible flowers in your garden:


  • Nasturtium (Nasturtium)—peppery taste, like watercress
  • Borage (Borage officinalis)—cucumber taste
  • Viola/Heartsease (Viola/Viola tricolor)—lettuce taste
  • Basil (Ocimum)—strong flavour, very much like the leaves
  • Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)—slight apple taste
  • Calendula (Calendula officinalis)—tangy, citrus taste
  • Sunflower petals (Helianthus)—slightly nutty
  • Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)—spicy and sweet, like cloves
  • Courgette flowers (Cucurbita)—sweet, nutty taste
  • Rocket (Eruca sativa)—spicy, like the leaves


  • Perennial Alliums, e.g. ‘society garlic’—tastes of garlic/onions
  • Rose (Rosa)—sweet and fragrant, the more scented the rose, the better the flavour
  • Daylily (Hemerocallis)—light, sweet taste
  • Primrose (Primula)—light, delicate flavour
  • Lavender (Lavendula)—strong, fragrant lavender taste
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)—spicy and savoury
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)—strong and savoury
  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)—light and spicy
  • Mint (Mentha) strong minty taste
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