Garden Flowers

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

The listed varieties do not represent the complete list of flowers that grow in the Greater Victoria Region.  It is a list that represents flowers grown, foraged, researched and integrated into the lifestyle of  this author.  The references to Renee’s gardens in the Greater Victoria Area refer to 3 separate gardening experiences using intention and the natural world for healing and discovery.  It began in Victoria, B.C., in James Bay with a focus of healing a broken community.  A later move to Oak Bay with a shift in focus to broken relationships and then to Oaklands with a continuing focus of  deepening  connection with natural ways and how nature and humans contribute to each other.  Each of the three intentions focused on different aspects of being in relationship with the plants such as colour, meaning, symbology and characteristics.

This list can be used to identify flowers in your own garden that can have culinary, medicinal, cosmetic uses.  They can be creatively infused in oils, waters and vinegar’s and made into tinctures, flower essences and plant dyes.  For the more romantic you may wish to consider the hidden language and meaning of flowers!  For enriching your environment one may wish to pay attention to placement using color and or symbology of the plant.  For more detailed information on the plant and how to explore its uses click on the link.


Symbols for Quick Reference above each plant entry:

Edible

Edible

Mortar

Medicinal

tea kettle

Tea/Infusion

Dye

Dye Plant

deer

Unfriendly for Deer


Alyssum (Alyssum maritimum)

EdibleMortardeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Sweet Alyssum                                                                                            Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  ‘Sweetness of soul and worth beyond beauty’

Annual

Natures Love Alyssum  Flower Essence

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Black Eyed Susan Vine (Thunbergia alata)

EdibleMortardeer

pic by Renee Lindstrom

Black Eyed Susan Vine                                                                                        Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Transformation – Obscurity Offers Itself to be Transformed

Annual Vine
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Black Eyed Susan Flowers (Rudbeckia hirta)

Mortartea kettleDyedeer

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Black Eyed Susan Flowers                                                                         Photo by Renee Lindstrom with Butterbur Leaves in background

Meaning:  Justice

Seasonal Biennial – Flowers 2nd Year

Buy Canadian Black Eyed Susan Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Borage (Borago officinalis)

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Borage                                                                                        Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Courage

Annual – Self Seeding 

Buy Canadian Borage Seeds

Natures Love Borage Flower Essence

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Butterbur (Petasites hybridus← click to read more

EdibleMortardeer

Meaning:  Justice shall be done

Seasonal –  Tubers Fast Spreading (Invasive)

Buy Canadian Butterbur Seeds

Natures Love Butterbur Flower Essence

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Butter Fly Pea (Clitoria ternatea)  ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

by Renee Lindstrom

Blue Butterfly Pea                   Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  A first step towards transformation

Annual – Vine
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Calendula (Calendula officinalis)← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Calendula                                                                                                    Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Thinking of you

    Annual – Self Seeding

Buy Canadian Calendula Seeds

Natures Love Calendula Flower Essence

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Chinese Lanterns (Physalis alkekengi)

EdibleMortardeer

Parts used:  Berries (only when ripe)

Meaning:  Safety, Comfort & Protection

Seasonal Perennial

Buy Canadian Chinese Lantern Seeds

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Columbine (Aquilegia)

EdibleMortartea kettledeer

Meaning:  Seduction and Anxious Excitement

Seasonal Perennial

Buy Canadian Columbine Seeds

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Creeping Jenny (lysimachia nummularia)

EdibleMortartea kettledeer

pic by Renee Lindstrom

Creeping Jenny                                                                                           Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Hospitality

Seasonal  Perennial – Ground Cover – Fast Spreading 

Natures Love Creeping Jenny Flower Essence

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Crocsmia (montbretia)

EdibleMortarDyedeer

Renee's Oakland garden

Crocsmia              Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Feelings of Love

 Seasonal –  Bulb – Fast Speading
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Daisy – English (Bellis perennis) ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettledeer

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English Daisy                                                                                               Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Innocence and Purity

Seasonal

Buy Canadian English Daisy Seeds

Natures Love English Daisy Flower Essence

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Daisy – Shasta (Leucanthemum)  ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettledeer

Daisies

Daisies                                                                                                                    Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Simple Love

Seasonal

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Dianthus (Dianthus spp.)

EdibleMortartea kettle

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Dianthus                                                                                                                Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Flower of the Gods/Love

Seasonal –  Annual, Perennial in Warmer Climates

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Day Lily (Hemerocallis)

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

by Renee Lindstrom

Day Lily                                                                                                                 Photo by Renee Lindstrom

 Meaning:  Humility & Devotion

Perennial Bulbs

Natures Love Day Lilly Fower Essence

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)

Echinacea (Echinacea Purpurea)

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

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Echinacea                                                                                                               Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Strength

Seasonal Perennial

Buy Canadian Echinacea Seeds

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Feverfew                                                                                    Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Protection

Seasonal Perennial – (Evergreen in warmer climates)

Buy Canadian Feverfew Plants

Natures Love Feverfew Flower Essence

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Forget Me Not’s (Myosotis scorpioides L.)← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettledeer

 

pic by Renee Lindstrom

Forget Me Nots                                                                                                      Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:    True Love

Bi-annual – Self Seeding 

Natures Love Forget Me Not Flower Essence

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Fushia (Fuchsia magellanica)   ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

Fushia - Double Otto

Fushia – Double Otto                                                                                            Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Overflowing Abundance

Seasonal Perennial
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Gladiolus (plural gladioli)

Edible

by renee Lindstrom

Gladiolus                                                                                   Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Faith and Consistency

Seasonal Perennial – Bulb
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

pic by Renee Lindstrom

Gumweed                                                                                                     Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Deepening Connections

Seasonal – Foraging along Pacific Ocean

Buy Canadian Gumweed Plant Seeds


Hens ‘n Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum) ← click to read more

EdibleMortar

by Renee Lindstrom

Hens n Chicks                                                                                                                          Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Timeless Love

Evergreen
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Hollyhock  (Alcea rosea) ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Hollyhocks                                                                                                    Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Fertility and Fruitfulness

Seasonal Perennial

Buy Canadian Hollyhock Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Honesty Plant (Lunaria annua)

Edible

by Renee Lindstrom

Honesty/Silver Dollar Plant                                                  Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  transparency symbolizing integrity

Biennial – Self Seeding

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Hosta ← click to read more

EdibleMortar

by Renee Lindstrom

Hosta                                                                                                                                Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Devotion

Seasonal Perennial 
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Ladies Mantle

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

Ladies Mantle                                                                                                                  Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:   Alchemy

Seasonal Perennial 

Ladies Mantle Flower Essence

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Lavender

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Lavender                                                                                                     Photo by : Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Serenity, Grace

Seasonal Perennial

Leaves Emerge Beginning of March

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Marigold (French)  (Tagetes patula)

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

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French Marigold                                                                                                             Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Jealousy

Annual

Natures Love Marigold Flower Essence

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

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Nasturtium                                                                                                                      Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Patriotism

Annual 

Natures Love Nasturtium Flower Essence

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Oxalis (Oxalis acetosella)

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

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Wood Sorrel                                                                                                                     Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Seasonal Perennial  – Spreading Ground Cover

Natures Love Oxalis Flower Essence

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana)

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

Pansy - Renee's Oakland Garden

Pansy                                                                                                                                 Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Think of Me

Evergreen Perennial

Natures Love Pansy Flower Essence

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Peony (Paeonia suffruticosa)

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

Peony - Renee's Oakland Garden

Peony                                                                                                                             Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Bashful

Seasonal – Tubers
Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Polyanthus (Primula x polyanthus Group) ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

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Primrose                                                                                                        Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  I can’t live without you

Seasonal Perennial 
Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Saint John’s Wort (Hypericum calycinum)

Dyedeer

Saint John's Wort, Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon                                                                                          Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Animosity, Superstition

Evergreen Perennial

Natures Love Saint John’s Wort Flower Essence

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Sand Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis)

EdibleMortartea kettle

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Sand Strawberry                                                                                                            Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Evergreen  Perennial – Spreading Groundcover

Natures Love Sand Strawberry Flower Essence

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Snap Dragons (Antirrhinum majus)

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

Snapdragon - Renee's Oakland Garden

Snapdragon                                                                                                   Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Presumption

Seasonal – Self Seeding Perennial 
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

Sunflower - Renee's Oakland Garden

Sunflower                                                                                                      Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Pride, Appreciation

Annual – Seed
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Tickseed (Coreopsis)

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

Coreopsis tinctoria

Tickseed                                                                                                                            Photo by Renee Lindstrom

MeaningDivine Cheerfulness, Hope, Love at first sight

Seasonal Perennial
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Mallow (Malva sylvestris)

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

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Mallow                                                                                                      Photos by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  love for ones national and spiritual roots, ancestors

Annual – Seeds self spreading & invasive

Natures Love Malva Flower Essence

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Sage(Salvia officinalis)← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

sage

Sage

Meaning:  Good Health, To Save

Renee's: 

♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement)
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology) 
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)


Smallwort (Ranunculus Ficaria)← click to read more

 MortarDye

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Smallwort                                                                                                 Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Seasonal – Whole plant Disappears after flowering (considered invasive)

Natures Love Lesser Celandine Flower Essence

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Wild Violets (Viola papilionacea) ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

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Wild Violets                                                                                             Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Love, Faithfulness

Seasonal 

Natures Love Wild Violet Flower Essence

Renee's:

♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.


Copyright 2014 – 2018  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000
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