Plants A-Z

Did you know Nasturtium are edible? Or that artichokes look fantastic in a large floral border? That you can grow purple beans and white strawberries?

Well, technically, strawberries are nuts (and cucumbers are berries), but we thought if we categorise them botanically correct, you won’t find anything anymore. Therefore we’ve sorted our pages into the ‘common’ categories, where strawberries are fruit, and cucumbers are a vegetable.

We hope we can introduce you to some plants that we think are great in your edible garden.

 

VegetablesFruitsHerbsNutsFlowers

Vegetables are probably the first thing that come to mind when you think about edible plants.

Whether you prefer greens, roots or pods, most keen gardeners make space for at least some veggies in their gardens. Many can be grown even in small spaces. Wait, let me correct that… artichokes really don’t thrive in pots.

  • Artichokes
  • Beans
  • Cabbages
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplants
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Salads
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Everybody likes at least one type of fruit. And growing your own is fabulous. If you’re lucky enough to have enough space, you might plant an orchard (and hang a hammock in it!), but if you’re strapped for space, or only have a balcony at your disposal, you can still grow strawberries.

  • Apples
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Currants
  • Gooseberries
  • Grapes
  • Juniper berries
  • Kiwis
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

Herbs (and spices) are an integral part of every kitchen. Ask anyone who loves to cook, and they will tell you that nothing is better than fresh herbs. Whether you’ve got some pots on your windowsill, or a herb garden by the kitchen door, most herbs are very forgiving and easy to grow.

They have also been used for home remedies since the dawn of (human) time, so having the essentials handy in your garden is a bonus when you’re in need of a natural fixer-upper.

  • Basil
  • Borage
  • Chives
  • Coriander
  • Garlic
  • Hyssop
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Vanilla

Nuts are the new superfood, even though they have been around forever.

If you have the space for a nut tree, you will be the envy of everyone once you show off your harvest. You’ll need patience, though, as most nut trees take years to mature and bear fruit. Apart from peanuts. They don’t grow on trees at all.

  • Almonds
  • Chestnuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Hickory
  • Macadamia
  • Pine nuts
  • Pistachio
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts

Edible flowers are great fun!

And there are so many of them! Some don’t really taste of much, but make fabulous colourful additions to salads, dressings, or cakes. Others have a very distinct aroma, like roses or the peppery nasturtiums.

  • Borage blossoms
  • Calendula
  • Coneflower
  • Hibiscus
  • Nasturtium
  • Pansies
  • Roses
  • Sage flowers
  • Sunflower
  • Violets