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.



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.


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.


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.   


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.

As well as the examples we’ve listed above, Semone Noel from Gastronomer, says: “Something that caught my attention recently was microgreens. Yes, I am aware that eating your greens is good for your health, but microgreens were definitely an interesting find. I really wanted to find out if there is any difference between microgreens and fully-grown greens and the answer is an astounding, yes!  

“Microgreens are the phase that happens after a sprout is formed, but before the leaves fully matures. Isn’t it fascinating that every phase in a plants life can hold different benefits for our bodies? A food study found that microgreens have 4-6 times the nutritional content than matured greens. If you would like to try out some microgreens and incorporate these into your next meals, here is a list of great ones to kick off this journey:

  • Red Russian Kale
  • Arugula
  • Frisee lettuce
  • Radicchio
  • Baby spinach
  • Mustard greens
  • Pea shoots
  • Turnip greens
  • Beet greens
  • Cilantro

“There are many more microgreen varieties you can find, and you may have to speak to your local suppliers to find out what is available.”

Most Popular Edible Summer Flowers and Plants was last modified: August 16th, 2018 by Todd

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