Garden vegetable plants have a secret double life that no one is talking about. Sure, homegrown veggies taste delicious in a yummy seasonal recipe. And yes, it feels good to supplement your grocery trip with some pesticide-free vegetables. But why is no one talking about the flowers? Of course, there are many edible flowers you can include in various dishes, but why not enjoy your vegetable’s gorgeous blooms in a cheerful countertop bouquet?
So many garden vegetable plants gift us with the most interesting and colorful blooms. In fact, many vegetable plant flowers can be combined into a stunning indoor bouquet. Blooms can be a sign that your vegetables are just around the corner, but don’t forget to stop and smell the…squash flowers! Nip a few to place in a windowsill bud vase or collect a full bouquet for your kitchen table. Either way, enjoy the vegetables of your labor in all of their glory. Here are some of my favorite garden vegetable plants that have gorgeous flowers.
Chive flowers look like something out of Fraggle Rock. With their purple pompom blooms, flowering chives make for an excellent bouquet. Chives are a powerhouse herb with many health benefits, in addition to being an aesthetically pleasing flower. In general, most onion garden vegetable plants and their close relatives share this spiky round flower shape that comes in purples and whites. These flowers add a fun and funky pop to any bouquet.
The delicate eggplant flower is an ideal blossom to feature all on its own in a bud vase (or even an old jelly jar). Snip a few buds and add them to a wildflower bouquet. No one will even know that the violet eight-petalled flower belongs to an eggplant. Growing on vines, these flowers also make ideal flower crowns since you can weave some of the vines into your cottage-core accessories.
Gazing at these gorgeous golden flowers will cheer up even the gloomiest Gus. Grab a handful and tie some twine around the stems for a rustic bouquet to brighten your next-door neighbor’s day. (This is a great move especially after your dog just did his… ahem… business on the neighbor’s lawn). Mea culpa, Maureen! Here are some gold turnip flowers to turn your frown upside down!
Great to add to any bouquet, wreath, or garland is the airy carrot flower. Resembling baby’s breath, this is one of the more surprising garden vegetable plants with versatile blooms. Include carrot flowers in a full bouquet or feature them solo in a whimsical arrangement.
All potato types will yield some kind of flower, but my money’s on sweet potatoes to grow adorable fluted flowers in light pinks and purples. Like eggplant flowers, these work well in singles and pairs in dainty bud vases or can be gathered together with the flowers from other garden vegetable plants to create a technicolor dream.
Don’t forget the greenery! When crafting your indoor bouquet, don’t forget to add some green bits to frame your colorful blooms. While technically not a flower, the fronds from an asparagus plant are the perfect texture and color to complement the rest of your flowers. Their fuzzy texture and vibrant green pigment play well with a variety of flowers from garden vegetable plants. The length of the fronds lends itself to multiple uses including garland and a cascading visual effect.
Another great filler flower comes from the quinoa plant. When thinking of the flowers from garden vegetable plants, consider the quinoa! This superfood is not just a healthy addition to your garden, it looks great too! With flowers in shades of green, yellow, and red, these stalk-like blooms will add pizazz to your vase. Quinoa blooms are great for adding height to your flower arrangements.
If a violet and a daisy had a baby, it would look something like a radish flower. Small and delicate, these white and purple blooms add a lovely pop of color to any bouquet. Snip a bit of the green stem along with the bloom to add contrast and dimension to your arrangement. These flowers work well alongside carrot flowers and together create a whimsical duo.
What are some of your favorite flowers from garden vegetable plants? How do you arrange them? Let me know in the comments!