Category: Plants

Button bush attracts pollinators to the garden. 0

Buttonbush

Button bush captured my imagination with its wily spiked spheres covered in bees and butterflies during a summer stroll at Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge. It was one of the first plants I introduced to...

A blossom on wild bergamot, or bee balm, on the summer solstice. 0

Wild Bergamot

An essential for the forest garden, wild bergamot is a hardy native perennial that attracts pollinators and offers numerous medicinal uses. The entire aboveground plant is edible. Common Name: Wild Bergamot, Bee Balm, Horsemint...

A shock of blue flowers on Baptisia australis in May.. 0

Wild Blue Indigo

Wild blue indigo functions as a native nitrogen fixer in our Asian pear tree guild. A fast growing perennial that offers early flowers and shelter for pollinators, it’s inedible to humans and deer alike,...

Horseradish in bloom. Permaculture guild with cherry tree. 0

Horseradish

With sweetly scented flowers that attract pollinators and pungent leaves that confuse pests, horseradish makes a great edible necklace around fruit trees. An easy-to-grow culinary plant, I harvest the leaves to use in making...

Little House on Pine okra plant. 0

Okra

Okra makes an outstanding herbaceous canopy layer that provides light shade for interplanted annuals like lettuce and sweet potato, wind protection for peppers, and is certain to attract pollinators. Common Name: Okra, ladies’ fingers,...

Little House on Pine - Peach Tree 0

Peach Tree

One of the first trees I planted that bore fruit, the peach tree presents striking spring blossoms and a bounty of fruit great for fresh eating… if the squirrels don’t get to it first....

Honeybees adore Jerusalem artichokes at the Little House on Pine. 0

Jerusalem Artichokes

Having read about the value of Jerusalem artichokes in permaculture books, I planted a few tubers from the grocery store. The next summer I had three stands of sunchokes with beaming yellow rays beloved...

Hazelnuts at the Little House on Pine 0

Hazelnuts

I planted a couple hazelnut shrubs, twiggy and sparse, to form a small hedge in the front yard. Two years later they filled in and started producing catkins. In their third year, I harvested...