Preppers that garden do so with a purpose, so having edible flowers as part of your survival garden is an absolute must for when the SHTF.

This kind of survival garden can also hide in plain sight—in urban and suburban locations or right next to your country home. Most people fleeing from a SHTF situation simply won’t know the flowers are edible and will leave your garden undisturbed.

The best way to pull off this secret survival garden is to use flowers that look right at home in the garden and in your neighborhood. There are plenty of options—in fact, you beginners may have already started your secret survival garden in your flower beds.

Pansy: This multi-colored flower is a staple of suburban gardens. It has become popular as edible decor on cakes, but most people still won’t recognize the opportunity for food in the delicate blooms.

Nasturium: Both the flowers and leaves of this garden favorite are edible. There are quite a few varieties, so you should not have a problem finding something that will fit it with your regular garden flowers. They grow rapidly and reseed themselves, requiring little maintenance.

Chives: These herbs can easily be disguised as a patch of decorative grass or, when allowed to grow to their full height, as a patch of purple flowers. The green stem is edible and pungent.

American Ground Nut: Also called Hopniss, the American ground nut is incredibly practical. The roots (or tubers), shoots, flowers, and beans it produces can all be eaten. The tubers do need to be cooked, but they have a delicious potato-like flavor and are filling. The only downside is the tubers need two years to be a decent size.

Day Lilly: In many Asian cultures, these flower buds are picked just before they open to be eaten. They became popular as landscape plants because they are hardy and survive almost everywhere in America, from USDA hardiness zones one to 11. This also makes them a useful addition to a survival garden, as you don’t need to maintain them.

Elder Berry: This bush produces gorgeous fluffy white flowers, which is why it’s widely used in decorative landscaping. The berries it produces are edible—if you can get to them before the birds do. American varieties produce more fruit, but be careful as the rest of the plant can be poisonous.

Sunflower: Most people realize the seeds from the head of these flowers are edible, but the vast array of varieties of sunflower available is still a mystery to many. If you pick a dwarf or darkly colored variety, you increase the odds that the delicious seeds will be passed over.

As you can see, a survival garden does not need to scream “prepper” to your neighbors. But, unlike most of the people that live around you, your garden will be both beautiful AND useful!