Beneficial Insects! · Edible · Herb Garden · Perennial

Myrrhis odorata

Scientific name: Myrrhis odorata Family: APIACEAE Common names: “Sweet cicely” “Anice” “myrrh” “sweet bracken” “sweet chervil” Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial Conditions: Zone: 5-9 Light: Part shade – full shade, tolerates full sun with more water Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Organically rich deep soil Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: 2-4′ H & W Leaf and Stem shape:… Continue reading Myrrhis odorata

Beneficial Insects! · Perennial

Veratrum nigrum

Scientific name: Veratrum nigrum Synonym: Veratrum ussuriense Family: MELANTHIACEAE Common names: “Dark flowered white hellebore” “Black false hellebore” Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial Conditions: Zone: 5-8 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Sheltered from cold and wind Soil: Fertile humus rich, doesn’t like clay Moisture: Moist well drained, cannot dry out Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 4-6′ W 2-3′… Continue reading Veratrum nigrum

Beneficial Insects! · Perennial

Veronicastrum virginicum

Scientific name: Veronicastrum virginicum Family:PLANTAGINACEAE Common names: “Culver’s root” Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial Conditions: Zone: 3-8 Light: Full sun best Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Moderately fertile humus rich Moisture: Moist – wet, well drained, never allow to dry out Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 4-7′ W 2-4′ Leaf and Stem shape: Whorls of narrow, dark green, pointed leaves Flower: Tall… Continue reading Veronicastrum virginicum

Beneficial Insects! · Fragrant Flowers · Herb Garden · Perennial

Valeriana officinalis

Scientific name: Valeriana officinalis Family: CAPRIFOLIACEAE Common names: “Valerian” “garden heliotrope” “All heal” Plant Type:  Herbaceous perennial Conditions: Zone: 4-7 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Average – rich loam Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 3-5′ W 2-4′ Leaf and Stem shape: Odd pinnate toothed lance shaped leaves, aromatic when bruised Flower: Cymes of… Continue reading Valeriana officinalis

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Cercis canadensis

Scientific name: Cercis canadensis Family: FABACEAE Common names: “Eastern red bud” Plant Type: Deciduous tree Conditions: Zone: 4-8 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Average Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 20-30′ W 25-35′ Leaf and Stem shape: Heart-shaped leaves after flowers Flower: Clusters of small, pea-like, pink flowers on bare branches in… Continue reading Cercis canadensis

Beneficial Insects! · Drought Resistance · Edible · Mediterranean · Perennial

Cynara cardunculus

Scientific name: Cynara cardunculus Synonym: Cynara cardunculus Cardoon Family: ASTERACEAE Common names: “globe artichoke” “cardoon” “prickly artichoke” Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial Conditions: Zone: 7-9 Light: Full sun, will not grow in shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Fertile soil with good mulch Moisture: Moist well drained, tolerant of some drought Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 3-6′ W 2-3′ Leaf and Stem shape: Clumps of… Continue reading Cynara cardunculus

Beneficial Insects! · Fragrant Flowers · Perennial

Actaea racemosa

Scientific name: Actaea racemosa Synonym: Cimicifuga racemosa, Cimicifuga racemosa var. racemosa Family: RANUNCULACEAE Common names: “Black snakeroot” “Bugbane” “Black cohosh” Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennial Conditions: Zone: 3-8 Light: Partial shade best Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Fertile organically rich Moisture: Moist well drained, tolerant of poor drainage but will not survive a drought Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 3-7′ W Leaf and Stem shape: Bright green,… Continue reading Actaea racemosa