Most Popular Edible Summer Flowers and Plants

Looking for a convenient, easy summer garden project? This garden will look pretty and taste nice, too. Here are some of our favourite edible summer flowers, herb flowers and plants for you to enjoy.

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Chives

An edible flowering herb best described as having a milder onion flavour. Sprinkle fresh chopped chives over top of summer salads, as a garnish on egg dishes, and in saucy dishes over fish.

Lemon thyme

Thyme, and lemon thyme in particular, smell amazing and impart a truly unique flavour to many summer recipes and foods. Try your freshly grown lemon thyme with a slow-roasted whole chicken.

Other edible herb flowers we love are mint, rosemary (below), basil, chive (above) and lavender (below). You can cook them in butter, create olive oil infusions, or add nuance and flair to your repertoire of homemade cocktails.

Borage

The blue variety of edible flower sometimes sprouts as pink or purple as well. A very light flavour reminiscent of cucumber makes it excellent for summer cocktails, salads, and pate.

Expert tip: you can also freeze edible borage into ice cubes for summer garden parties or romantic dinners at home.

Lavender

A sweet and somewhat heady flavour, great to combine with honey, vinegar or sugar in sweet treats, like cakes, or add whole sprigs to garnish and round out roasted lamb, poultry, and pork.

Mesclun salad greens

Mesclun encompasses a wide variety of greens, including arugula, endive, baby spinach, and even mache, radicchio, chard, mustard, and dandelion greens. Tastes range from earthy (spinach) to bitter and spicy (mustards, dandelion, radicchio). Mix and match. See what you like best for your palate.   

Rosemary

Classic among herbs and edible gardens, rosemary is a hardy shrub with a sweet and woodsy aroma. A sprig of rosemary is excellent cocktail garnish. It also complements poultry and recipes calling for tomatoes, like salads and sauces.

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