4 Multi-Use Flowers Every Tower Gardener Should Grow
Tower Garden is great for growing vegetables, herbs and many fruits. If you’ve got one, you likely know that. But have you considered using it to grow flowers?
I used to be skeptical about growing flowers in my Tower Garden. Wanting to make the most of my 20 precious growing ports, I initially chose to grow only vegetables, fruits and a few herbs.
But then I learned about the many benefits flowers can offer. Some repel bad bugs. Some attract good ones. Some are delicious or have medicinal applications. And so on. After learning this, I felt foolish for not growing flowers in my Tower Garden.
Realizing growing flowers was a good idea was an essential first step. But then came the question: which should I grow? I mean, there are so many flowers you can grow with Tower Garden. After some research, I settled on the following 4, as they offer numerous benefits. Planting these among your fruit and vegetable crops will help prevent pests, improve produce taste, increase yields and more.
But keep in mind this list certainly isn’t exhaustive. I hope you’ll leave a comment about which flowers you think are worth growing (and why), too!
Tower Tip: More light will produce more flowers—and more flowers, more benefits.
Calendula is a pest deterrent and edible.
1. Calendula (Pot Marigold)
A longtime favorite of many gardeners, calendula is both versatile and beautiful. It’s a great companion plant for fruits and veggies, as it repels pests. This quality alone makes it a smart choice if you’re growing an indoor garden.
Calendula blooms all summer long, and its colorful petals are edible. Use them as a garnish in salads and other summer dishes.
Not only are they edible, sunflowers attract good bugs and birds.
2. Dwarf Sunflower
This miniature sun-loving flower is every bit as iconic as its taller twin. You likely know sunflower seeds are edible (a delicious snack when roasted!). But you can eat sunflower sprouts, stalks, buds and flowers as well.
Growing dwarf sunflowers encourages a healthy local ecosystem. The flowers and seeds attract good bugs and birds, which help keep pest populations in check.
Monarda attracts pollinators and offers several medicinal benefits.
3. Monarda (Bee Balm)
A member of the mint family, monarda—also called bee balm, horsemint, oswego tea and bergamot—is commonly grown as an herb. Why? It boasts a long list of medicinal benefits, acting as a natural antiseptic, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic and stimulant to name a few. Plus, it helps repel mosquitoes!
Monarda also deserves a space in your Tower Garden as a lure for good bugs. Its striking blooms attract bees and other pollinators (thus, “bee” balm). And more pollinators mean bigger fruit and vegetable yields!
As a pest deterrent and edible flower, nasturtium is a gardener favorite.
Hardy and fast-growing, nasturtiums are ideal for beginners. There are several different varieties, some of which are vining.
Nasturtium belongs to the Brassicaceae family, along with cabbage, watercress, mustard and others. The entire plant is edible—and it packs a punch! Its peppery, tangy flavor is delicious in salads, sandwiches and pesto. You can also pickle nasturtium seedpods, which pass as a substitute for capers. Offering vitamin C and iron, nasturtium helps provide relief from colds and detoxify blood.
Grow nasturtium with fruit and vegetable crops to enjoy its pest-deterring abilities. They help control aphids, cabbage loopers, squash bugs, whiteflies, cucumber beetles and more.
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Which of these flowers are you growing? Are there others that I’ve missed?
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