Tagged: shelter plant for beneficials

Honeybees on southern magnolia blossom. 0

Plants for Beneficial Insects

We keep a list of plants that we work with as well as ones that we’d consider using based on their functions in the garden. The more habitat we create for insect helpers, the greater balance we...

Chickweed volunteers as a groundcover on the homestead. 0

Plant Inventory

At the Little House on Pine we try to identify every plant on our 1/4 acre lot. As we introduce new plants for food production and conservation landscaping, we prioritize with plants native to...

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...

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:...

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...

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...

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...