Tagged: deciduous

High in protein, the groundnut was an important food source for Native Americans. 0

Groundnut

A lesser known plant in edible landscaping, groundnut serves many important functions across three layers in the forest garden. Groundnuts like to climb and can clamber over unsuspecting herbaceous plants. Common Name: Groundnut Scientific...

A young New Jersey Tea plant gets ready for winter. 0

New Jersey Tea

As a native nitrogen fixing shrub with diverse functions, New Jersey Tea ranks among my favorite permaculture plants to fill out the shrub layer. Common Name: New Jersey Tea Scientific Name: Ceanothus americanus Family:...

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...

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...

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...