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Hafferty’s Planting List Of Recommended Edible Flowers

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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