The front yard consists of a hodge podge of vegetables, fruits, berries and herbs (both medicinal and culinary). The front yard could be more productive (in poundage) if we were to replace the herbs with heavier yielding plants.   Even though the herbs don’t produce poundage of weighable produce or fruit they are certainly beautiful, fragrant and a source for income. Many of our clients like to use such herbs as “green garnishes.”

If one walks through the front yard you brush past or touch all sorts of delightfully fragrant herbs. A new addition to the front yard’s herbal medley is the sweet-smelling fruit scented sage. The flowers are lovely “lipstick,” pink and the leaves smell, well, very fruity.

Other favorite fragrant herbs in the garden include: lemon verbena, lemon balm, African blue basil, rosemary, a few different types of lavender and scented geraniums, Mexican and regular tarragon, angelica, salad burnet, mints, cinnamon vine, sages (including pineapple), chamomile, an assortment of different thymes and an exotic herb called moujean tea.

When one is having a stressful or hectic day, it’s therapeutic to walk in the garden pinching off all sorts of leaves and inhaling such fragrant aromas — an inexpensive aromatherapy session.

What’s great about most herbs is that they are easy to grow some are even drought tolerant.

Purple Echinacea


Herbs are a valuable addition to any garden. Intermingled in the edible landscape they are valuable in both their culinary and medicinal properties. In addition to sweet smelling herbs it’s wise to grow a few medicinal herbs and learn how to use them and prepare them properly to treat illness.

One day such skills will be valuable when the present and modern health system collapses (imagine long lines at hospitals and empty shelves at the local pharmacy).  To grow an herbal medicine chest in your yard is essential as any vegetables and fruits.   Many remedies can be made at home, imparting Nature’s special healing miracles.

A few of the top medicinal herbs are:

*+Yarrow – diaphoretic, astringent, tonic, stimulant and mild aromatic. *Sage – helps digestion and scatters congealed blood in any part of the body.*Echinacea – increases bodily resistance to infection and a powerful antiseptic.*St John’s Wort – astringent, resolvent, expectorant and nervine. *Chamomile – tonic, achic, anodyne and antispasmodic. *Evening Primrose – astringent and sedative.*Feverfew – employed in hysterical complaints, nervousness and lowness of spirits, and is a general tonic.> Valerian – powerful nervine, stimulant, carminative and antispasmodic.*Ashwagandha (poor man’s ginseng) – increase vitality, energy, endurance and stamina , promote longevity and strengthens the immune system*Comfrey – demulcent, mildly astringent and expectorant.+ Plantain – refrigerant, diuretic, deobstruent and somewhat astringent.*Calendula – action is stimulant and diaphoretic.*California Poppy – sedative, calm nerves, aid insomnia, reduce anxiety and relieve pain. *Rosemary – tonic, astringent, diaphoretic, stimulant.*Thyme – antiseptic, antispasmodic, tonic and carminative.*Mint – diaphoretic (sweat inducer), useful for tiredness due to stress, one of the best digestive remedies.*Lavender – aromatic, carminative and nervine properties.*Stinging Nettle – astringent properties and act also as a stimulating tonic.*Aloe – safest and best warm and stimulating purgatives

*have growing in our garden    + growing wild nearby    > need to acquire

Other herbs (off that top of my head) that are also growing in our garden are:

*Dill*Garlic*Geranium*Nasturtium*Sunflower*Tea*Milkweed*Oregano*Sweet Woodruff*Marjoram*Sorrel*Rue*Parsley*Passion Flower*Purslane*Soapwort*Rose*Iris*Pomegranate*Jasmine*Lemon Verbena*Cornflower*Fo ti*Tarragon*Quince*Raspberry*Datura*Viola*Coffee*Apricot*Lemon *Chaste Tree/Vitex *Wild Yam*Potato*Onion*Peach*Blackberry *Borage*Spanish Broom*Cardoon*Orange*Chives+Oak*Lime*Columbine*Orchids*Daisy Only after one compiles a list does one realize how many herbs are growing throughout the yard (nearly 90!). Of course a few more vegetables could also be included in the list.

For more herbal information check out:

AModern Herbal – first published in 1931, by Mrs. M. Grieve, contains Medicinal, Culinary, Cosmetic and Economic Properties, Cultivation and Folk-Lore of Herbs.

Susan Weeds newsletter“Weed Wanderings“- you will learn about: herbal medicines you can grow or find, wild foods, natural ways of being healthy.

Herbal Remedies Info – learn about the medicinal properties and traditional uses for common herbs.

Know of any others?

{Note: Before using an herb you are unfamiliar with, find out its medicinal properties. Research it thoroughly and/or consult with an appropriately qualified practitioner or expert. If you are taking prescription drugs, or have a medical condition, pregnant or nursing check with an appropriately qualified practitioner before using herbs medicinally. Herbs have shown overwhelming evidence that they work. Just because a small amount works well does NOT mean that more is better. As individuals we all have different constitutions, sensitivities, allergic reactions and possible health conditions}

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  1. Anne Howe says:

    The best herbal medicine book I have in my library is Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medecine.
    Just to give you an idea on what it lists under
    the latin name
    Constituents like Chlorophyll, vitaminC, serotonin, histamine etc
    Action : blood tonic, hypoglycaemic, antiseptic ……more
    Preparation of tea
    liquid extract

    It is very comprehensive and was very reasonably priced. It has details per condition, herbs, whatever you can think of and gives clear instructions on how to use it.

  2. Melissa says:

    Beautiful project, yard, farm. Everything!

  3. gerry medland says:

    If you ever feel depressed,plant something!

  4. Anais says:

    Thanks the book tip Anne. I will put the book on my “want to buy” book list. 😉

    I really want to expand my herbal book collection and learn more about herbalism. Ever since I was a teenager I have been fascinated with herbs and hope to one day have time to study more on such subjects.

  5. Anais says:

    Agreed, planting is the best medicine!

    You get a workout, good food, a sense of belonging and place and perhaps even good health.