Flowers for the Kitchen Garden

Kitchen gardens are usually referred to as vegetable gardens. I prefer to call mine the potager garden. Potager is the French word for kitchen garden. This is where you would grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers for use in cooking.

Why add flowers?

But why should I add flowers to my vegetable garden? Because, adding flowers increases yield and decreases pest problems. Flowers attract beneficials and pollinators that do the work of chemicals. And you can eat many flower parts and petals!

I am not talking about making completely permanent flower beds in the kitchen garden. Rather, I would add beds that have a mix of annual and perennial flowers, herbs, and annual or perennial vegetables in them. You could also add fruit trees and bushes.

Edible flowers for the Kitchen Garden

Dill plant in flower


Some annual flowers that you can add to the Potager that are edible include:

  • Calendula (flowers)
  • Marigolds (flowers)
  • Dianthus (flowers)
  • Purslane (leaves and flowers)
  • Dill (whole plant and seeds)
  • Borage (whole plant)
  • Parsley (leaves)
  • Basil (leaves)
  • Violas (flowers)
  • Rosemary (leaves)
  • Cilantro (whole plant and seeds)


daylily flowers and flower buds are edible
Daylily flower buds taste like a cross between peas and asparagus. The open flowers can also be breaded and fried.

Perennial flowers that have edible parts include:

  • Lavender (whole plant)
  • Dianthus (flowers)
  • Daylily (flower buds and open flowers)
  • Yarrow (root and leaves)
  • Chives (whole plant)
  • Beebalm (flowers)
  • Strawberry (flowers and fruit)
  • Comfrey (leaves)
  • Mint (leaves)
  • Oregano (leaves)
  • Thyme (leaves)
  • Fennel (whole plant)
  • Lovage (leaves)
  • Mountain Mint (leaves)
  • Miniature Rose (flowers)
  • Honeysuckle (flowers)

Pollinator plants for the Kitchen Garden


Other flowers might be added to the garden to improve the number of pollinators. Of these, you might include annuals such as:

  • Zinnia
  • Cosmos
  • Sunflowers
  • Nicotiana (flowering tobacco)
  • Petunias
  • Lantana
  • Ageratum
  • Helenium
  • Larkspur
  • Salvia
  • Verbena
  • Tithonia (Mexican sunflower)
Geum with bumblebee
The Brown-Belted Bumblebee on Geum


Or you may want to use the following perennials in the potager:

These are all sun-loving annuals and perennials that can be mixed easily into the garden. Sometimes you can plant them with vegetables, sometimes they should be separate. If you have more questions about adding flowers to the potager, please contact Grimm’s Gardens for more help.

Happy planting!

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