Category: Plants

A plant that prefers damp areas, we planted turtlehead in the wettest area of our native rain garden. 0

Turtlehead

Like its reptile namesake, turtlehead prefers damp woodland soils and can often be spotted by creeks and marshes. Native east of the Mississippi River (excepting Florida and Louisiana), turtlehead attracts pollinators aplenty. Common Name:...

Each bloom on flower-of-an-hour opens only for one day, and closes within a few hours. 0

Flower-of-an-Hour

A type of hibiscus with distinct lobed leaves, flower-of-an-hour is a welcome volunteer that secures loose soil and attracts pollinators. In the mallow family, it’s an edible cousin of okra. Common Name: Flower-of-an-Hour Scientific...

Horehound is a powerful medicinal plant that attracts many beneficial insects. 0

Horehound

Horehound is a wonderfully aromatic herb that attracts the beneficial tachinid fly (Trichopoda pennipes), which guards my pomegranate trees against the leaf-footed plant bugs (Leptoglossus phyllopus). Common Name: Horehound Scientific Name: Marrubium vulgare Family:...

With its adorable violet flowers, creeping thyme gently sprawls a protective blanket over the soil while attracting pollinators. 0

Creeping Thyme

Creeping thyme ranks high among my favorite groundcovers. An edible evergreen, it controls weed pressure and attracts pollinators to the garden. Common Name: Creeping Thyme Scientific Name: Thymus serpyllum Family: Lamiaceae Uses Edible leaves...

A young elderberry can be identified by opposite compound leaves with veins that terminate in the tips of the serrated edge, rather than the notch. 0

Elderberry

The elderberry shrub grows quickly, produces bountiful edible fruit and flowers, offers shelter to wildlife, and works as a windbreak. Fast-growing and easy to propagate, elderberry is an outstanding multifunctional native plant for the...

Feverfew flowers bring bring instant happiness to the unsuspecting onlooker. 0

Feverfew

I adore the sunny charisma and herbal value of feverfew, but it can deter beneficial pollinators. Plant it far from flowering fruit trees, or use it to repel bees from outdoor living spaces. Common...

Tulips can draw bees to the garden. 0

Tulips

Flowering as daffodils begin to fade, tulips have minimal value to pollinators but triumph in attracting people to the garden. Common Name: Tulip Scientific Name: Tulipa spp. Family: Liliaceae Uses Spring ephemeral groundcover Bulbs...

A non-native that is relatively hard to find, comfrey has many functions for the permaculture forest garden. 0

Comfrey

A versatile addition to any fruit tree guild, I use comfrey as a chop-and-drop living mulch and groundcover around my fruit trees. A medicinal herb great for pollinators that offers powerful soil enrichment, the...

Asian pears burst with shocks of white blossoms at the start of spring. 0

Asian Pear Tree

I chose Chojuro and Shinko Asian pear trees for the first guild that I designed to completion before doing any plantings, and have a fondness for them as the centerpiece within a prominent outdoor...

Daffodil planted near a cherry tree. 0

Daffodils

Beyond the burst of spring color, daffodils indicate how microclimates vary across a neighborhood or in sections of a yard. When planted as a border they offer a barrier against predation from mammals. A...