Summer brings the heat and mosquitoes to New Orleans. If mosquito bites aren’t bad enough, we’ve been warned about how toxic the sprays can be to repel mosquitoes. So why not add some plants and herbs that naturally repel mosquitoes to your New Orleans garden? They will make your Louisiana summer and next outdoor partyContinue reading »
Ah New Orleans! A city complete with funky shotgun style houses, gorgeous Southern mansions and…extremely small yards. Whether you just have a front porch, a small French Quarter style courtyard, or a tiny backyard, you probably don’t have a lot of space and you want to use it well. Here are some top tips andContinue reading »
This time of year, we are inspired by the patriotic and summer inspired colors of red, white, and blue. Not only will this potted arrangement be a stellar centerpiece for your 4th of July party but it can hang out and look great for the rest of the summer. We have constructed this gorgeous displayContinue reading »
Everyone knows that there are plants at big box stores (we won’t name them but…you know…) and that many plants are “cheaper” at big box stores. But the reality is that many times the prices are quite competitive, sometimes even more affordable, at your local garden center and florist. Besides the price, there are manyContinue reading »
You can’t go anywhere in New Orleans without seeing one of the city’s favorite trees, the crepe myrtle. There is no secret as to why it is our favorite. The crepe myrtle yields beautiful long-lasting summer flowers, tolerates the Louisiana heat, and has a sculptural trunk with beautiful bark. Another reason why it is soContinue reading »
At first thought, planting a monochromatic garden sounds boring. But really, it can be one of the most bold and striking garden designs that you can make. A large dose of one color really catches the eye, and if you use light colored plants such as white or yellow plants, can really stand out atContinue reading »
Maybe you sit around and dream about tomatoes all day. Maybe you don’t and maybe you sacrilegiously buy them from Walmart in December AND store them in your refrigerator (!). Doesn’t matter because it is summer now and that means it is tomato season in New Orleans. Here in south Louisiana that is just codeContinue reading »
At TPG, we are spoiled rotten with pollinators. Our garden center is basically an “all-you-can-eat-buffet” for them and we are graced with their presence almost every day. Today we are going to guide you on how to garden for pollinators in the New Orleans area. This post was inspired by our recent Earth Day presentationContinue reading »
Native plants are plants that have existed for many years and that occur naturally in our local landscape. Native plants can be trees, flowers, grasses, shrubs, and small bedding plants. Today we are going to talk about the types of native plants in New Orleans and the advantages of using Louisiana native plants. The positiveContinue reading »
Use Edible Flowers This Spring!
Using flowers is an amazing, natural way to decorate and use up the last of those winter annuals! Here we give you some of our favorite ideas on how to use edible flowers. Read below to see a list of some great edible flowers.
Here is a list of some great edible flowers to use in salads, to decorate cakes, garnish cocktails, or use on your table:
For cooking and baking, we like to use calendula and lavender as they have flavors to add to your cooking. For salads, we love nasturtiums, pansies and borage as they have a grassier, mintier flavor that lends well to salads.
Use them for decorating! We hope you find some wonderful ways to use those flowers growing in your backyard and around your markets.
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