Once I found out about permaculture, I’m thinking it’s the new way to garden. So when I came upon The Green Barn Nursery from Quebec and saw their list of permaculture plants, I was thrilled.
If anyone would like to know what they should grow in their permaculture garden, how about giving these plants a try. They are easy to grow, good for the soil, and also have edible fruits/food/herbal usage that are packed with nutrients.
The following description of plants are excerpts from The Green Barn Nursery.
This Rogosa Rose is also known as Dart’s Dash and makes nice shrub roses. Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner of Fine Gardening.
Rogosa Roses: These are rugged, disease-resistant, self-rooted roses that are able to easily withstand harsh climates. White, pink or red flowers make a colorful fragrant hedge and nest area for thicket birds. Rugosa roses produce the largest edible rosehip which is be used to make jams, jellies, teas, etc. Vitamin C content is 10 times that of an orange. Very hardy and disease resistant.
Silver Absinthe: Ideal for hedges. Beautiful silver foliage shrub with intoxicating, aromatic smell. Both the scented leaves and flowers have a wide range of uses; salads, potpourris, dried flowers, repelling moths, attracting wildlife/bees, flavouring vermouth and medicinally for stimulating appetite, aiding digestion, expelling worms. Great for hedges as it will survive drought and total neglect.
Willows: Willows are usually sold as fast growing ornamental that take poor wet soils. But they are also very useful plants for visual barriers, windbreaks, beaver food, farm furniture/baskets, stakes, pussy willow flowers, etc.
Photo of hawthorn berries via swan-scot Flickr.
Hawberry or Hawthorns (Thorn Apple): Thorny tree produces masses of white flowers. The sweet red hawberries that are great fresh or in jellies, jams and preserves. Berries are a heart tonic â€“ by improving blood flow to coronary arteries and regulating heart rhythm. Absolutely loved by wild grouse and other large game birds! Hawthorn berries are highly recommended for tough cold areas. Great barrier plant.
“These trees don’t require pruning as die-back is rare for any reason & it takes care of itself.” - Hawberry grower.
Coffee Berry: This indigenous tree is named for its dark brown beans which can be dried, roasted and then ground into a healthy coffee substitute (15 m/Z3). Indians even ate the roasted beans. Outstanding ornamental with its fern-like foliage (pink to olive-green) and reddish brown stripes. Tolerates summer heat, winter cold and pollution. It fertilizes your soil and the tree pods are used medicinally. These majestic trees are now becoming extinct (too many cut for hardwood lumber).
Bamboo: Hardy bamboo will grow in northern climates. Its young shoots are edible and the canes have a wide variety of uses from furniture to flutes.
And if you already have these plants in your garden, then you are already on your way to joining the world of permaculture!
Note: Rugosa roses are listed as an invasive plant in some areas, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington.
For more info, check out The Green Barn Nursery here. I only wished they had more photos along with the description of the plants.