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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7. Hollyhock (Alcea rosea cvs.)
Perennial, Zone 3; requires well-drained soil

Grows to be: 1.6 m high, 40 cm wide

Use: Fresh (salads and other cold plates); crystallized

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8. Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus cvs.)
Annual; requires moist, well-drained soil

Grows to be: 20 to 60 cm high, 10 cm wide

Use: Fresh (salads, desserts, ice cubes); cooked (cake or muffin dough)

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9. English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia cvs.)
Perennial, Zones 5 to 6, (depending on cv.); drought tolerant once established

Grows to be: 30 to 60 cm high, 30 cm wide

Use: Fresh (white meat, fresh game and desserts)

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10. Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum and cvs.)
Perennial, Zone 5; drought tolerant once established

Grows to be: 50 to 60 cm high, 30 cm wide

Use: Fresh (butters, oils, vinegars, drinks, fruit desserts)

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