The best compatible flowers for organic vegetable growing

Planting flowers in the garden is very important. If you didn’t do it when you installed your garden, I will convince you why you should do it now. A bee needs to visit a flower 7-8 times to pollinate it so you need to  do all you can to draw that pollinator to your vegetables time and time again. Flowers also have the ability to attract other beneficial insects and deflect those bugs who are  less than beneficial. They create extra beauty in the garden as well which is always welcome.


My favorite flowers to plant in the veggie garden are pansies, cosmos, sweet alyssum, marigolds (chrysanthemums) and poppies. They are very pretty together and inexpensive. Alyssum, and some poppies, reseed themselves. Marigolds, however, can be short-lived. Dead head  the plants (cut off spent flower heads) to keep them going and replace the entire plant when it fades.

I also adore borage. It is a cinch to grow from seed and re-seeds like crazy. It grows big, so give it lots of room…think the very end of your garden, and it might need staked. Borage is uber- compatible to vegetable plants, repels the tomato hornworm, is a bee magnet, and blooms with beautiful, blue, edible flowers; the essence of which brings courage. What’s not to love?

Here is a list of plants that perform a miracle in the organic garden: they attract the kind of beneficial insects that actually eat bad insects.

Bergamot, Butterfly weed, Caraway, Cilantro, Cosmos, Dill, Fennel, Gloriosa daisy, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lobelia, Marigold, Parsley, Penstemon, Poppies, Queen Anne’s Lace, Spearmint, Statice, Stonecrop (Sedum), Sweet Alyssum, Yarrow, Zinnia

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The best compatible flowers for organic vegetable growing

4 Responses

  1. thanks Erin: I was just getting ready to do this tomorrow and needed your expertise — the list will help a lot

    deborah k. April 26, 2013 at 9:41 am #
  2. I think this is what my previous failed gardens lacked! So happy I found your site and even happier that I bought some of these beneficial plants already!

    Stephanie May 6, 2013 at 8:34 am #
    • Fantastic! Beneficial plants are where it’s at. And interplanting your crops keeps pests and disease at bay. Good luck!

      spielbee May 7, 2013 at 6:55 am #
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