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Edible Ornamentals for Southern California

These versatile plants double as showy favorites in the garden and tasty toppings in the kitchen

Looking pretty and tasting good. Edible flowers like these borage blooms do double duty. Photo: Steve Aitken

It’s always a delight to wander about the garden, seeing what’s growing and flowering from day to day. Add to that the fun of nibbling our way through edible flowers while we browse. For those who like to cook and entertain, the edible flowers also add a “wow” factor to food and cocktail presentations.

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These pineapple guava flowers look delightful on their tree and create a lovely carpet on the ground. Photo: Francesca Corra

Pineapple guava (Feijoa sellowiana, Zones 8–10) is a favorite in our gardens for several reasons. Although native to Brazil, it feels more like a Mediterranean plant, probably because the trunk can get gnarly like an olive tree (Olea europaea, Zones 8–10) in its maturity. It is quite versatile in that it can be grown as a shrub, a hedge surrounding your edible garden, or a tree. It can also be espaliered and grown in…

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