Your Guide to Planting Herbs and Flowers
with Flower Crafts and Homemade Gifts in Mind
This herb and flower guide is designed to give you ideas for what to plant so you can use your garden to the fullest, particularly when it comes to flower craft gifts and recipes using edible flowers and herbs.
Making gifts and arrangements from your own backyard is fun and fulfilling...
And just as cooking with food grown in your garden saves money, crafting with flowers and herbs from your own garden saves money too!
The following flower guide includes:
A Flower Guide List of Herbs and Edible Flowers For Food and Crafts...
The following herbs and flowers are all edible. You can grow these herbs and edible flowers and use them in recipes, in herb bouquets and other crafts and arrangements...
The flower above is called Calendula and it is a wonderful addition to your salads. The next time you want to spice things up for a special party salad (maybe for a wedding, birthday or anniversary party idea), try calendula petals. Scroll down for picking, washing and storing instructions.
Edible Herb and Flower Guide:
Other Popular Flowers That are Edible Include:
bachelor button, dandelion, hibiscus, lilac, bee balm, chamomile, daylily, hollyhock, marigold, squash blossom, borage, dianthus, impatiens, mint and violet.
Never eat a flower you are unsure of! More safety info and resources at the bottom of this page...
Safety Note When Crafting With Herbs and Flowers:
If you create an herb wreath, an herb bouquet or an herb arrangement, it is a good safety precaution to use only edible herbs and flowers (such as those above) since some plants and flowers are actually poisonous. People may decide to taste or eat the herbs and flowers or use them in cooking and an unknown variety of plant mixed in could be disastrous.
How to Use Edible Flowers in Food Recipes...
The edible herbs and flowers in the flower guide above can be used in gourmet food recipes such as salads, cooked dishes, drinks and cocktails, desserts, preserves as well as for garnishes.
They can also be used in flower craft arrangements such as fresh bouquets, herb wreaths, dried herb bouquets and crafts, body recipes or potpourris.
To use edible flowers in food recipes:
1. Pick Flowers:
Pick flowers in the morning after the dew dries but before it gets warm out.
To keep the moisture level intact, put longer stemmed flowers such as Roses directly in a jar of water and layer short stemmed flowers such as Pansies or Calendula between damp paper towels (shown below).
2. Wash Flowers:
Use only organically grown pesticide-free flowers. Treat flowers delicately, check for insects and wash in cool water before using.
3. Prepare Flowers:
If using only the petals, remove them from the base now.
4. Store Flowers:
Use flower petals as soon as possible. If need be, you can store flower petals in between layers of damp paper towels and enclosed in plastic bags. Keep flowers cool preferably in the refrigerator. Most flower petals will last a day or so if stored properly.
There are also many non-edible flowers that can be used in flower crafts... provided the project is not supposed to be edible in any way.
Dried Arrangements Flower Guide: Best Flowers For Drying
Here's a list of flowers that can be used to make up the bulk of such flower crafts as dried wreaths and other dried arrangements. Having these readily available will make your dried flower crafts cost less to make.
Note: This flower guide list is not edible, these are flowers great for drying in bulk.
We hope this flower guide gives you some great ideas for what to plant for flower craft gifts. There are surely many other plants and flowers you can plant as well.
In the Spring:
Be sure to fertilize your roses in the spring if you have some so you can gather a bounty of rose petals for homemade rose water this summer...
Also, trim the old dried flowers off your lavender plants as soon as you can for optimal lavender budding in the late Spring so you can make fragrant lavender bottles with lots of fresh blooms.
All Year Long:
You may also like our flower guide to dried pressed flowers!
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Safety: Here is a handy pdf by the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service posted on the topic of Edible Flowers. Never eat azaleas, belladonna, calla lily, castor bean, crocus, daphne, foxglove, larkspur, lily-of-the-valley, nightshade, rhododendron or any flower or plant not known to be edible. Poison control can be reached at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone consumes a plant on this list of highly toxic plants or any plant not known to be edible and safe.
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