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Thyme

Name: *Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) Description: *sun loving perennial *includes 350 species (such as lemon thyme) *best in zones 5-9 *bees love thyme, so plant if you are trying to encourage bees in your area Parts Used: *leaves, both fresh or dried Position: *good draining soil, best if the soil is somewhat dry (the richer the…

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Lavender

Name: Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) Description: *beautiful, purple perennial with an amazing scent *best in zones 5-8 *there are many varieties, but English Lavender is the best choice for medicinal purposes Parts Used: *mainly flowers, fresh or dried (but all aerial parts can be used) Position: *excellent draining soil *full sun is the best *they can…

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Horseradish

Name: *Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) Description: *hardy perennial *zones 3 and up *this is an invasive plant, so only plant it if you really want it Parts Used: *root and leaves Position: *sunny position is best, but it tolerates shade *it prefers a well-dug soil that is enriched with compost, but it is tolerant of all…

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How to Grow Passionflower

How to Grow Passionflower **Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is a stunning flowering perennial for your garden. They come in many different varieties, so you should read the descriptions carefully: some are aggressive climbing vines, others are only ornamental, some varieties produce edible fruit, etc.  **Passionflower can also come in a some different colors, though purple is the…

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Everything You Need to Know About Feverfew

Everything You Need to Know About Feverfew **Feverfew (Tanecetum parthenium) is my favorite medicinal herb for headaches (here’s my top 15 herbs for headaches). Not only do I grow Feverfew for medicinal purposes, it is a stunningly beautiful perennial with little white daisy-type flowers and lovely green leaves. **Feverfew is super easy to grow in…

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St. John’s Wort

Name: *St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) Description: *perennial *best in zones 3-8 *famous as a depression remedy, though it does so much more than that… Parts Used: *Flowering tops, fresh only *Some use a ratio of 70% fresh flower and 30% fresh leaf of the plant instead of only flowers Position: *easy to grow in…

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Hawthorn

Name: *Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) Description: *A tree *Often used to make a pretty hedge: has white flowers followed by red berries *Grows rapidly once established *Can grow up to 30 feet tall Maintenance: *Plant young shrubs from autumn to early spring, protect with tree sleeves *Loves an open, sunny position but thrives in semi-shade as…

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Tarragon

Name: *Tarragon (Artemisa dracunculus) Description: *Perennial *Culinary herb with exceptional flavor *Also known as French Tarragon Parts Used: *Leaves, fresh or dried Position: *It is cold hardy and drought resistant and can grow in high summer temps. *It is vulnerable to high humidity and is easily infected with fungal diseases. *Avoid overwatering *Best in full…

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Sage

Name: Sage (Salvia officinalis) Description: *One of the best known culinary herbs *An evergreen plant: leaves can be taken all year long if covered with a frost cloth in the winter *best in zones 4-8 *there are many fun flavors of sage today, including pineapple sage, honey melon sage, and peach sage *a moth repellent:…