Witch hazel bark has traditionally been used by steeping it in water to make an astringent, which Native Americans used to treat a variety of ills.
Most of the larkspurs we grow in our gardens are annuals, but they readily self seed so they can become almost permanent residents of our gardens.
The native perennial fireweed produces spikes of magenta flowers July through September.
Anise is one of our most ancient herbs, dating to before the birth of Christ.
Also known as knitbone, the name comfrey may come from the Latin word which means “knitting together” and refers to its use in healing fractures.
Modern researchers have confirmed that caraway oil has a mild antispasmodic effect in addition to its culinary appeal.
This is a plant that produces tiny greenish white flowers in June and July in an insignificant cluster. Bright red berries follow the flowers in late summer.
The leaves and rhizomes of saponaria officinalis can be boiled in water to make a soapy lather.
Different varieties of lily bulbs can be planted to provide a succession of flowers from June through August in well-drained, sunny areas of a garden.
Chives are rampant self seeders, and if they are not dead headed they will produce far too many new plants.