Top: Evening Primrose flowers growing in the fairy section of a witch’s garden Thinking of you while out for a ramble Down by a cold frosty stream Set down on a bed of hemlocks and primroses And gently I fell into a dream I dreamed I saw a pretty fair maiden Such beauty I’d never […]
Plants for A Witch's Garden & Moon Garden
An incomplete herbal of witch's garden plants, their science and folklore, how to grow, how to serve to cure or or curse
Witch's garden plants differ from a normal garden, in that the story is as fascinating as the plant itself. The wisdom, and madness of these plants have been known and passed down through the ages. At one time, possession of witch's garden plants like these could have found you tied to the stake. Today the only stake we deal with on a regular basis are the stakes which keep the plants growing straight.
The history of witch's garden plants
People think of witch's as being a middle ages phenomenon, but witches and people known for herbalism and healing go back to the Romans, the Greeks and much earlier.
We can trace the history of science in medicine by how these plants have been used over time, and how in some cases, their secrets are only now being unlocked
From healing potions to the dark arts, the articles below make for a great introduction to witch's garden plants
How I became the witch's gardener. Gardening with a history.
Monkshood is one of the more deadly plants in the witch’s garden. It was also one of the plants closely associated with the witch’s flying ointment. A look at this diabolical botanical, and how it differs from its cousin, the legendary wolfsbane.
Cowslip is a witch’s garden plant which s traditionally found by foraging. Know for its connection to May Day, divination and of course faeries, it’s been celebrated in folklore and by Shakespeare, for its connection to love.
You can’t overestimate the importance of bees in a witch’s garden, for our stinging friends help to pollinate. Just behind them in usefulness in this task are butterflies, and to attract both, plant a bit of Cleome in your herb garden. Additionally, many beekeepers love Cleome as it is an excellent source of nectar, resulting […]
A look at Meadowsweet, a wildflower traditionally thought of as an omen of love. But with any love potion, it works best when love is already present from the start.
Deadly Nightshade … will you die for love? Will you die for beauty? Will you die for powers beyond your wildest imagination. That’s the allure of Belladonna, one of the most famous of all the plants in the witch’s garden. In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the […]
And where the marjoram once, and sage, and rue, And balm, and mint, with curl’d-leaf parsley grew, And double marigolds, and silver thyme, And pumpkins ‘neath the window climb; And where I often, when a child, for hours Tried through the pales to get the tempting flowers, As lady’s laces, everlasting peas, True-love-lies-bleeding, with the […]
It was this song which included Foxglove that gave me the idea to start a witch’s garden. It was in the spring of last year when I saw my foxglove was in bloom that I recalled poor Charlotte of the Rake’s song, and got to wondering what other deadly plants might be scattered throughout the […]
For those in the United States who like to keep their garden stocked with native plants, Beard’s Tongue, orPenstemon digitalis is a member of the Foxglove family which fits the bill. Native to eastern and southeastern United States as well as Canada, it’s right at home in a faerie garden, as well as a twinkling […]
Exiled from his native Bulgaria, Playwright and novelist Georgi Markov had just finished walking across the Thames on Waterloo Bridge. There he waited for the bus which would take him to his office at the BBC in London, a regular trip for him. He suddenly felt a sharp pain, as though he’d been stung by […]
Hollyhock symbolism and meaning have an ancient pedigree, as they do for healing. Hollyhocks are symbolic of the cycle of life, and so you find them i funeral practices of the ancients, as well as fertility. You’re hard pressed to find a malevolent use for the plant. Bees and butterflies are attracted to the pollen […]