"Though a life of retreat offers various joys / None, I think, will compare with the time one employs / In the study of herbs, or in striving to gain / Some practical knowledge of nature's domain. / Get a garden! What kind you get matters not." - Abbot Walahfrid Strabo, "Hortulus" (945 AD)
As promised, I've finally put together a list of most of the medieval herbs we'll be attempting to grow this year for our garden project. The herbs are grouped according to usage, though of course many would have served multiple purposes.

Culinary / Kitchen Garden: Borage, Chicory, Oregano, Chives, Thyme, Parsley, Onions, Basil, Lovage, Wild Strawberry

Household Garden: Clove-Pink, Scotch Broom, Costmary, Soapwort, Mullein, Roman Chamomile, Fennel, Meadowsweet, Wallflower, Tansy, Lady's Bedstraw, Pennyroyal

Physick / Medicinal Garden: Feverfew, Horehound, Elecampane, Hyssop, Opium Poppy, Marsh Mallow, Angelica, Wood Betony, Cowslip, Wormwood, Moonwort, Pot Marigold, Mandrake, Rue, Cinquefoil, Clary

Dye and Fiber Garden: Woad, Agrimony, Madder, Weld, Indigo, Flax, Safflower, Dyer's Chamomile

I'm also hoping to grow the following period-appropriate roses. More information on medieval roses can be found here:
Garden Reference:
Folk Medicine / Herbalism Reference:
Seed Sources:
Finally, I've compiled a list of useful reference books in the blog toolbar on the left-hand side.

1 Comment:

  1. Daisy said...
    Wowser! You make me want to dig up the REST of my backyard and I already have a ton of raised beds in the back. LOL.

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