The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

Tips for your garden


Flower petals can add colour, flavour and texture to savoury and sweet dishes as well as cordials, oils and butters. Accurate identifica­tion of edible flower varieties is essential – so if you are in any doubt, don’t eat!

Home-grown plants, free from pesticides and soiling by pets, are best. Flowering plants purchased from a shop or garden centre should be grown on for at least three months to reduce the risk of pesticide residues and only harvested after subsequent flowerings.

Edible varieties include: bergamot; chrysanthe­mum; elderflowe­r; hibiscus; lavender; nasturtium; pot marigold; primrose; rose and sunflower. Learn more at:

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