Key plants in the Planet Good Earth Garden

Shrub and herb layer including fruits, edible flowers/foliage and honeyberries help teach foraging and the process of self-seeding.

Angelica sylvestris ‘Purpurea’

Angelica are large biennials or herbaceous perennials, some monocarpic, with pinnately or palmately divided leaves and small white or purple flowers in large umbels.

Rubus arcticus

A thornless, deciduous, spreading perennial or subshrub to 30cm tall and up to 1m wide with three-lobed, serrated-edged leaves. Pink to rose-purple flowers up to 2.5cm across are borne in summer in groups of 1-3 and are followed by deep red or dark purple edible, roundish fruits up to 1cm in diameter.

Lonicera caerulea

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Honeyberries are fruit of forms of the honeysuckle Lonicera caerulea, also known as blue honeysuckle or edible honeysuckle. The fruits are very similar to blueberries in taste and looks, and can be eaten raw or used in jams and jellies. 

Rubus phoenicolasius

The leaves are pale green with white undersides, and turn yellow in autumn. Small, white flowers surrounded by bristly red calyces appear in dense clusters in summer followed by shiny, orange-red berries.

Fragaria Vesca Muricata

This plant is semi-evergreen, so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new foliage appears again in spring.

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