Edible flowers

So many colors!  Sweet nectar!  Delicious and so good for you!

We love to add a dash of colorful calendula, borage, and bachelor's button flowers to our salads on special occasions.  Sweet violets, soft rose petals, and silky purple mallow flowers delight guests as they enjoy a summertime dessert.  At just the sight of the hibiscus-shaped flowers of rose of sharon, you feel like you're on a tropical island - taste the sweet nectar and marshmallow softness of that flower stuffed with a bite of scrumptious dessert, and that little slice of paradise transforms your kitchen too!

Several restaurants use edible flowers harvested here at Fern Hill in their local and seasonal menus.

Salvia miltiorrhiza

Red sage, also known as Dan Shen, is a perennial sage with whorls of purple flowers in late summer.  This species is popular in Chinese, Japanese, and European herbal traditions for circulation... more->

Hibiscus syriacus 'Blushing Bride'

'Blushing Bride' has light pink frilly blooms. more->

Rosa rugosa 'alba'

Rugosa rose is a suckering shrub native to asia.  It has large and beautiful blooms and the largest rose hips of any rose we know.  The rose hips are high in vitamin C and can be eaten fresh or... more->

Hibiscus syriacus 'Collie Mullens'

'Collie Mullens' has a deep pink bloom. more->

Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Bird'

'Blue Bird' has bright blue flowers, and is a bit smaller and less vigorous than other varieties. more->

Ribes aureum

'Golden' currant is larger than the european currants that we grow.  It is vigorous and can grow in a variety of soil types and habitats, up to 9 feet tall.  It has beautiful clusters of yellow... more->

Ribes x 'Waldo'

Waldo is a purple gooseberry originally brought to us by Rick Valley, a wise local Permaculture landscaper. It was the result of hybridizations from Dr. George Waldo. It has sweet purple fruits... more->

Rubus x 'Napache'

Tired of thorns ripping through your clothes and poking through your gloves as you harvest sweet blackberries in summer?  This cultivar released from the University of Arkansas yields large, sweet... more->

Ribes nigrum 'Blackdown'

'Blackdown' produces large, jet-black berries that are  juicy and flavorful with a distinctive musky taste. They are excellent in jams, jellies and juice. The plant is vigorous and has upright... more->

Ribes rubrum 'Jonkheer Van Tets'

Red currants produce bright red clusters of fruit which are are striking in the garden and they enhance any dish to which they are added. Red currant fruit is high in vitamin C and potassium and... more->

Ribes nigrum 'Minaj Smyriou'

'Minaj Smyriou' has excellent European black currant flavorand can be eaten fresh or used to make jam and juice.

European black currants have a very distinct musky flavor which is prized by... more->

Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart'

'Red Heart' has a white bloom with a red center and grows very vigorously in our climate.  I've seen shrubs over 6 feet tall. more->

Ribes rubrum 'Cascade'

'Cascade' is easy to grow and a consistent producer here in the Wilamette Valley.  Provides large crops of delicious red fruit. It is very winter hardy.

Red currants produce bright red... more->

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'

One of the most popular upright rosemary varieties, Tuscan Blue has a blue-green hint to its foliage, and blue-purple flowers.

The Latin name Rosmarinus refers to the dew (ros) of the sea (... more->

Thymus vulgaris 'French'

French thyme has very small, pointy leaves.  It is the most drought tolerant and has the most spicy flavor of the thyme varieties we grow. more->

Salvia officinalis 'Garden Grey'

This variety of culinary sage bears extra large pink flowers on taller stalks than the common seed-grown sage.  Although some ornamental sages have been bred so that they are no longer flavorful,... more->

Thymus × citriodorus 'Silver Queen'

This is a lemon thyme that is variegated with slivery grey-green foliage.  It makes a very nice contract interplanted with lemon variegated thyme. more->

Ribes oxyacanthoides 'Jahn's Prairie'

A favorite gooseberry here at Fern Hill, 'Jahn's Prairie' produces hearty yields of large dessert quality red-pink fruit in midsummer. This shrub grows more upright than some gooseberry varietes.... more->

Ribes uva-crispa 'Hinnomaki Gold'

'Hinnomaki Gold' also known as 'Hinnomaki Yellow" is a very hardy variety, and bushes produce a heavy crop of medium sized, greenish yellow fruits. Some say this variety has a delicious aromatic... more->

Mentha × piperita

While you can find dozens of varieties of mint for your garden, we focus on cultivating peppermint because it is the best mint for soothing upset stomachs, relieving headaches, and cooling... more->

Sidalcea campestris

Native to sunny meadows and dappled shade of open woodlands in the Willamette Valley, meadow checkermallow created a gorgeous display of light pink blossoms up to 6 feet tall.  In the shade it may... more->

Althea officinalis

This perennial herb has soft leaves, beautiful hibiscus-like white and pink flowers, and provides a healing herbal medicine. Marshmallow roots are the original source of the slimy mucilage used... more->

Passiflora incarnata

The maypop is a perennial passionflower in our climate. The plant dies back each year to the ground and re-sprouts in late spring. Less vigorous than P. caerulea, this species has a... more->

Gentiana tibetica

Native to the hills of western China and Tibet, this medicinal perennial likes rich, moist soil and sun.  In mid-summer, it grows up to 2 feet tall with showy white blossoms.  While so many... more->

Rosa pisocarpa

Clustered wild rose is native to the Willamette Valley and other parts of the Pacific Northwest. It is a spreading woody shrub, growing up to 6 feet tall. It is a great and easy to grow wildlife... more->

Monarda didyma

This variety produces 3-foot tall displays of crimson red inflorescences composed of tubular flowers. It is a sight to see! A favorite for hummingbirds. more->

Sidalcea virgata

We love this late spring blooming native wildflower that we often find on the edges of meadows. In the hollyhock family, this perennial grows only about a foot to two feet tall at most. It sends... more->

Angelica archangelica

This is one of our favorite spring-producing plants. A biennial, Angelica shoots out of dormancy in winter and grows quickly to its full height, up to six or seven feet. In the parsley family,... more->

Phlomis fruticosa

A showy evergreen shrub, Jerusalem Sage is an easy to grow plant for a sunny location. Deer tolerant and drought tolerant, it grows quickly but never gets more than a few feet high when blooming... more->

Hemerocallis fulva 'Orange'

This is the orange flowered variety of daylily.  So pretty in the garden or on a plate! more->

Rosa rugosa

Rugosa rose is a suckering shrub native to Asia. It has large and beautiful blooms and the largest rose hips of any rose we know. The rose hips are high in vitamin C and can be eaten fresh or... more->

Monarda fistulosa

This wild variety of beebalm produces showy light pink flower clusters on two foot tall stems. more->

Thymus vulgaris

English Tabor thyme has wide leaves that are the most broad, green, and juicy of any thyme we've grown.  Whereas other varieties are often quite spicy and pungent, this thyme is mild tasting but... more->

Aronia melanocarpa 'Viking'

Viking has been selected for delicious flavor raw and cooked. Some seedlings can be extremely astringent but this one will just give you a little pucker. more->

Ribes rubrum 'White Imperial'

White currants are the sweetest of the European currants and White Imperial has great flavor. Almost all currant lovers that we talk to choose white currants for sweet flavor. These shrubs are... more->

Hyssopus officinalis

A hardy perennial in the mint family with delicious and fragrant blue flowers. This herb has been used as a tasty flavoring, expectorant, and antitussive in Europe and the Mediterranean for... more->

Oenothera biennis

Evening primrose is a great edition to a pollinator garden because it blooms at night and attract the nighttime pollinators. Every summer evening at dusk, you can watch each pale yellow flower... more->

Thymus x citriodorus 'Aureus'

Beautiful, culinary, medicinal - no herb garden is complete without this variegated, lemon scented thyme. The yellow and green leaves give way to pink flowers in summer. This thyme forms a short... more->

Asarum caudatum

A beautiful native forest ground cover, wild ginger likes to grow in moist soil in shady areas. You will find it wild near creeks and on wet hillsides in the shade. Glossy heart-shaped leaves... more->

Ribes laxiflorum

This currant is native to the Northwest, growing along streams in partial shade. The delicate pink flowers bloom in spring and the delicious purple fruit ripens in early summer.  It does not have... more->

Lavandula angustifolia 'Grosso'

'Grosso' is a hybrid Lavindin-type variety that has a dark purple bloom, grey-green leaves, and excellent fragrance fresh or dried. This variety is often used for commercial production because of... more->

Rubus leucodermis var. leucodermis

Blackcap raspberry is one of the most delicious native fruits in our area. It is also not well know because it is not as common as the wild blackberries. The blackcap is a cane fruit that grows... more->

Agastache foeniculum

A great addition to any perennial garden, anise hyssop is a beautiful summer blooming perennial with edible leaves and flowers. The leaves, when steeped fresh or dried, make a refreshing minty... more->

Opuntia ficus-indica

This is a compact variety of prickly pear cactus that has edible green pads with no thick spines and small clusters of tiny hair-like prickles.  Unlike prickly pear shrubs, this variety stays... more->

Vaccinium ovatum

Evergreen Huckleberry is a great northwest native evergreen shrub. It has delicate white and pink flowers, evergreen leaves and glossy, black berries. In the WiIlamette Valley, shrubs grow to 4... more->

Asclepias incarnata

Unlike some milkweed species, swamp milkweed is a clumping perennial and does not spread by rhizomes. It has deep pink flower clusters on a two to three foot stalk. It is a host plant for monarch... more->

Ribes menziesii

This prickly and upright gooseberry shrub is native to California and Oregon.  It produces profusions of intricate red and white flowers that look like they are turned inside out.  If you are... more->

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