Brambleberry Farm
Brambleberry Permaculture Farm LLC

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Herbaceous Layer (Flowers and Herbs)

Dynamic Acumulators 2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

Seed Sterile Comfrey : Considered a “dynamic accumulator,” comfrey has deep tap roots that mine the subsoil for minerals which it makes available to the tree when its leaves die or are slashed periodically throughout the growing season. Comfrey is a “must-have” for every permaculture garden or orchard. It is useful for herbal salves, a wonderful high-protein animal fodder, and attracts beneficial insects. Its leaves are high in nitrogen, and it is used by many organic gardeners as a compost activator. Planted in a ring around a young fruit tree, comfrey grows vigorously, spreads by clumping out and keeps out weeds when full sun is available under the tree (a living mulch). It will gradually die back as the tree gets bigger and casts more shade. We sometimes keep gallon pots of this on hand, but we prefer to sell it by the shovelful, which is a much better value. A shovelful is the same as the gallon pot price: $12.  

plant in a circle around the base of fruit trees to help them get established and to add nutrients.  Full Sun to Part Shade.

 

 Horseradish :  

Culinary Herb (use root) & "Dynamic Accumulator". Persistant, spreads by root.  Full Sun to Part Shade.

 

 

 

Herbaceous Layer (Flowers and Herbs)

 

Edible Landscaping  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

Japanese Perennial Bunching Onion :  

Large globular white flower in spring, stays green through the winter, use like scallions..  Full to Part Sun.

 

Orange Daylilly :  

Edible flower buds and roots, vigorous grower can outcompete grass.  This is the daylily that grows wild along the roadsides here in Southern Indiana..  Full Sun to shade.

Ostrich Fern :  

new shoots (fiddleheads) are edible.  Part Sun to Full Shade.

 

Emerald Carpet Groundcover Raspberry (Rubus pentalobus): This is a pleasant and very low-care perennial groundcover plant.  The beautiful little leaves are heavily textured, tough and leathery, going through nice fall color changes of red to purple.  Tend to take on a purple color all winter.  It stays very low (2" tall) to the ground and creates dense enough growth to keep out weed seedlings.  However, it doesn't take over established plants.  Potential for a few tasty little orange raspberries in the summer after a few years of establishment. Plant every 2' to fill in a bed completely in one season.  

Low growing, small orange berries.  Full to Part Sun.

 

Red Stem Rhubarb :  

.  Full Sun to Afternoon shade.

 

 

Herbaceous Layer (Flowers and Herbs)

 

Herbs  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

 

Tumeric  (Curcuma longa):  

Not Hardy, plant and root look like ginger.  Full to Part Sun.

 

Purple Chives : Beautiful purple globe flowers attract beneficial insects.  Thrive in light shade under fruit trees.  This is the standard chive most often used in cooking.  Don't die back in summer like Garlic.  

purple globe flowers, companion plant for fruit trees: plant around base of trunk, will spread by clumping out.  Full Sun to Part Shade.

 

Brambleberry's Bombproof Big Bulbil Garlic : Found growing wild in a ditch up the road where it has formed very thick stands that compete well with sod.  Appears to have rather small cloves, at least in it's wild growing conditions, but is useful as scallions (green garlic).  One of it's most distinctive features is the large bulbils that form at the top of the flowering stalks.  This seems to be the secret to it's vigorous spreading habit, and offers great potential for easy propagation in large-scale plantings.  

Wild growing vigorous sod-resistant, plant at base of fruit trees to deter rodents.  Full Sun to Part Shade.


Other: We carry a changing variety of culinary, medicinal and ornamental herbs such as St. John's wort, sage, monarda, catmint, basil, etc.

 

 

Herbaceous Layer (Flowers and Herbs)

 

Landscaping  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

 

Celandine Poppy Stylophorum Stylophorum diphyllum: This attractive woodland wildflower will grow well in zones 4-8 in with little to no care in rich woodland soils.  It can tolerate drier, sunnier sites with some care. Bright yellow showy flowers bloom in April, and are followed by attractive fuzzy seed pods.  After seeds drop out of its large, hairy pods, Celandine Poppy will go dormant.  Seedlings will readily emerge everywhere if fresh seed is scattered on the soil surface.  There is also a European species known as Celandine Poppy that is somewhat weedy and invasive.  The two can be differentiated by their seed pods: the European has smooth pods.  

Native Woodland Wildflower.  Part to Full Shade.


Other: We carry a changing variety of useful ornamental perennials such as violas, dahlias, pollinator attractors such as verbena, etc.


Herbaceous Layer (Flowers and Herbs)

 

Nitrogen Fixers  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

Dwarf Baptisia (Blue False Indigo) Baptisia australis varr. minor: Very showy blue flowers cover this perenial lugume for about 3 weeks in the spring, followed by ornamental black bean pods.  Not edible, but not poisonous like lupines.  The foliage is compact and very attractive all season long, reaching 18-24" tall and wide.  

Nitrogen fixing flower 18-24" tall and wide.  Full Sun to light shade.

 

Dragon's Blood Clover Trifolium repens: This beautiful ornamental ground cover is a cultivar of dutch white clover that has been bred for the flower bed.  It is less aggressive or invasive than dutch white clover, but still a vigorous grower.  Light green leaves with spashes of red.  

Low growing, non-invasive ornamental groundcover.  Full Sun to part shade.

 

Pentaphyllum Clover Trifolium repens: This beautiful ornamental ground cover is a cultivar of dutch white clover that has been bred for the flower bed.  It is less aggressive or invasive than dutch white clover, but still a vigorous grower.  Dark reddish green leaves with a thin green border.  

Low growing, non-invasive ornamental groundcover.  Full Sun to part shade.

 

Other: We carry a changing variety of other nitrogen fixing forbs such as lupines, galega, lespedeza, etc.  Also see "Nitrogen Fixers" under Nursery Stock, Other Categories.

 

Herbaceous Layer (Flowers and Herbs)

 

Strawberries  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

We have had good luck using strawberries as a ground cover in landscaping beds with large shrubs and trees but they can be a little tall and overwhelming for other plants.  See our Edible Landscaping page for Alpine Strawberries and Wild Strawberries which are more practical as a low-care, attractive bedding plant. If you are putting in a large strawberry planting we encourage you to purchase bareroot bundles mail order from another nursery--they are much more affordable for filling a big area quickly.  We specialize in potted nursery stock that can be planted out at any time of the year, and price our plants based on pot size.  This means that our prices are super cheap for certain harder to find plants such as hardy kiwi, but expensive for something like a strawberry.  However, we frequently get requests for potted strawberry plants from customers who are putting in their plantings after the window of opportunity has passed for planting bare-root stock, or just want a few to get started with.  We keep a limited number of strawberries available in Quart pots for $6; gallon* pots (multiple plants per pot) for $12.


Mignonette Alpine Strawberry (Fragaria vesca): This French delicacy is a lovely bedding plant in addition to its super sweet and unique flavored berries. Fruits are often up to 1" long in the spring when the plants put on their heaviest crop, and they continue to produce throughout the summer, although fruits will be smaller and less abundant in hot dry conditions. Unlike conventional ever-bearing strawberries, alpine strawberries do not send out runners, but slowly clump out from the base of the plant, and they remain attractive throughout the summer, making them more practical for landscape beds.  They will often self-seed new plants nearby that you can use to expand your planting.  

everbearing, small red intense flavored berries to 1" long, does not runner, attractive bedding plant.  Full Sun to Full Shade.

 

Pineapple Yellow Alpine Strawberry (Fragaria vesca): Similar in most aspects to 'Mignonette,' but produces light yellow berries with a delightful pineapple-tinged flavor.  

everbearing, small yellow berries to 1" long, does not runner, attractive bedding plant.  Full Sun to Full Shade.

 

Eversweet standard Strawberry (Fragaria vesca): Everbearing, heat tolerant plants produce large sweet berries all season long.  Good for container gardening.  

Everbearing, heat tolerant.  Full Sun.

 

Virginia-native Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana): This is a delightful, shade-tolerant, extra low-growing strawberry that readily fills the role of quick-growing groundcover in landscape beds.  It will weave around and through taller elements in your beds and cover the soil to prevent weeds from coming up.  Less susceptible to "overcrowding" die-out that commercial strawberries have after 5 or 6 years.  Pretty white flowers cover the mat of leaves in the spring, and are followed by delicious little red berries with a unique "waffled" texture.  Not as small as you might think, about the size of a nickel.  Self-fertile.  

Fast growing groundcover with nickle-sized berries.  Full Sun to Full Shade.

 

 

Herbaceous Layer (Flowers and Herbs)

 

Tubers  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

Native sunflower species with large nutritious tubers.  Very easy to grow (hard to get rid of!) and productive.  High in inulin, making them an excellent choice for diabetics.  Raw, they are crunchy and juicy with a faint sunflower-seed flavor.  Cooked they are like a watery potato.  A friend once pickled them and they were fabulous!  Can be harvested all winter so long as you can dig a hole.  Herbaceous perennial--dies to the ground each winter but gets going fast and furious in late spring.  Tall, rough stems can get 8' tall or more with clusters of small yellow sunflower-like blossoms in the fall.  Makes plenty of biomass--might be good for hay, bedding, or mulch.  Will self-seed readily--beware as they have a notorious reputation for being hard to get rid of.  We recommend planting them in an out-of-the-way place you can mow around or you don't mind them spreading in.  Pigs will root them up to eat the tubers in the fall.

 

Supernova Sunchoke (Jerusalem Artichoke) (Helianthus tuberosus): Also from Oikos, exceptionally productive white-skinned variety that has an interesting "fractal-like" form to the tubers.  They are very lumpy and convoluted, making them much harder to clean than 'Smooth Red'.  

Native sunflower with edible tubers. Exceptionally productive white variety..  Full Sun to part shade.

 

Smooth Red Sunchoke (Jerusalem Artichoke) (Helianthus tuberosus): From Oikos Tree Crops in Michigan, this sweet-potato-shaped variety has a stunning red/purple skin and lacks the lumpy side nodules that make most varieties hard to clean.  Not quite as productive as 'Supernova' but still plenty to eat each year.  

Native sunflower with large edible tuber, easy to clean variety.  Full Sun to light shade.


Dahlia: This showy ornamental is also edible!  We are experimenting with various dahlia varieties to find attractive specimens with good eating qualities.  We haven't started narrowing down any particular candidates yet, but we have extra seedlings from our trials that we are happy to sell. 


Also see groundnut under "Vines"

We do not ship plants. To reserve plants please either call us, or email us , and schedule an appointment to pick them up. We can also DELIVER  for a fee to our general region.  


*size designations are nominal. We use “trade gallons” (which are slightly less than a gallon) as well as recycled pots that may vary in exact size.  Every plant may not be available in every size listed.  Gallons are common for grafted trees and quarts are most common for everything else.  There are usually a very limited number of two gallon plants available – first come first serve.