Angels trumpets are popular in containers for the patio, balcony or deck. Beautiful hallucinogenic plants from South America where they have a history of shamanic ritual use for divination, prophecy and sorcery.
Used for all respiratory problems including asthma, bronchitis, excess mucus, and cough. Flowers reach 30cm/12in. The whole plant has potent but underappreciated astringent, expectorant and diuretic properties.
Also used for diarrhea, piles, hemorrhages, and has a reputation as an anti-cancer herb. The juice mixed with vegetable oil has been used to heal burns. A neat fleshy plant for dry areas and rock gardens; bluish-green leaves and showy crimson flowers.
(Japanese rose; Saltspray rose) Hips are tomato-red and are large, up to an inch across. 120cm/4ft x 90cm/3ft. Easy to grow, tolerates part shade, and is very hardy. Excellent for group or hedge plantings.
When to Sow: Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall
Botanical Name: Rosa rugosa rubra
Ease of Germination: Difficult/Special Treatment Required
Start seeds early: it takes 3-4 months to get garden-sized plants. It is heat and drought tolerant and very hardy. Excellent for dried arrangements and potpourris. Beautiful deep sky-blue flower spikes are nicely set against silvery green foliage.
It is said to neutralize toxins and help regulate blood sugar levels. It is a tonic sweetener that is considered anti-inflammatory and expectorant while able to soothe irritated mucus membranes in the respiratory and GI tract.
Impressive French stoechas lavender with elongated wing-like magenta petals extending from dark bracts on slender stalks. The effect is striking, as if masses of butterflies have gathered in the garden.
Botanical Name: L. stoechas pedunculata 'Fragrant Butterfly'
The infusion made from the flowering tops is high in rutin which combats arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries and veins). Well known as a grain, cover crop and beeplant; not so well known is its medicinal value.
Infusion of leaves and rootstock is effective for diarrhea, dysentery and problems of the urinary tract. Especially useful for convalescents and children. Cultivated varieties are much less potent medicinally.
A spectacular refinement of bush basil from Italy where the variety is known as (“very fine green, like a ball or globe”). Forms dense globular little bushes 50-70cm/20-28” across so perfectly uniform they look pruned.
Dyers can use a copper mordant to derive a black dye from the roots, and the flowers and leaves can be dried to use in potpourris. A relative of meadowsweet, it is more tolerant of dry conditions than other members of its family, preferring a well-drained...
Broccoli-like vegetable from China. Flowering stalks, young leaves and buds are delicious steamed, boiled or fried with other vegetables, meat or on its own. Start indoors in April or sow direct after last frost.
English Daisy has a long history as a calmative for inflamed skin and for stomach and intestinal problems. Easy to grow, with a long flowering season, the numerous button flowers appear from early spring until late autumn.
Oil squeezed from the nuts has proved so valuable it is called the new “liquid gold” of the West, and jojoba “prospectors” are banking on its future. Used in cosmetics and pharmaceutical products, and as a top-quality industrial lubricant that...
It is currently under investigation as a possible perennial oilseed crop. The tubers can be eaten like Jerusalem artichoke but are smaller, and the seeds can be eaten as a snack or sprinkled on salads.
Added at the last minute, the fresh-chopped leaves add a seductive nutty flavour to soups, stews, and salads. Named after Henri Pascal who discovered the first plants in his celery field in 1884, the variety was improved upon by Vilmorin, the French seed...
Fascinating as a specimen plant or where grown for therapeutic use. Henbane has been used as an instrument of assassination and murder since antiquity, most famously in Shakespeare's play Hamlet: “Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole,/with juice of cursed...