Food & Entertaining - In Season

Grow a gourmet flower garden

By
Danielle Mineau
Photography by
Martin Laprise

14 edible blooms that will add dazzling colour and a subtle flavour to summer dishes


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3. Tuberous begonia (Begonia [T] cvs.)
Tender perennial tubers should be overwintered indoors; grows best in rich, well-drained soil

Grows to be: 20 to 50 cm high, 25 to 70 cm wide

Use: Fresh (salads, fresh fruit); cooked (with sautéed vegetables, cakes, desserts); crystallized

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4. Pot marigold (Calendula officinalis cvs.)
Annual; requires well-drained soil

Grows to be: 40 cm high, 25 cm wide

Use: Fresh (oils, vinegars); cooked (omelettes, couscous, rice)

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5. Daylily (Hemerocallis cvs.)
Perennial, Zone 3 and warmer, depending on cultivar; grows best in average to rich garden soil

Grows to be: 30 cm to 1.2 m high, 30 to 90 cm wide

Use: Fresh or buds* (salads, dips); cooked (stews); braised or sautéed. *Buds on the stalk will open once placed in hot water

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6. Marigold (Tagetes cvs.)
Annual; grows best in average garden soil

Grows to be: 30 to 90 cm high, 15 to 40 cm wide

Use: Fresh (syrups, vinegars, fruit salads, ice cubes)

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