Tagged: nectary

Rosemary is a great plant to incorporate into a culinary permaculture guild. 0

Rosemary

Rosemary is a staple in any culinary garden. Used as an herb, rosemary offers a pleasant floral pine flavor, as well as a myriad of benefits to your overall health. Here at the Little...

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...

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...

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...

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...