Herb Garden Plantlists

Ilona Erwin

Plant lists are always a helpful shortcut to finding important information when planning your garden. They can be printed out as a shopping list, too. This list is confined to herbs for a quick start on discovering some of the most useful, for foods, crafts, or making an herb garden.

Culinary Herb Garden

Many of us start our acquaintance with herbs through our eating and cooking. You can spend a lifetime just exploring the many facts of that perspective, but here is a list of the most common herbs, and those easily grown in the home garden.

Dyers Herb Garden

Red cabbage leaves, carrot tops, cranberries, curry power, fresh dandelion flowers, fennel leaves and flowers, fresh goldenrod flowers, hop flowers, mugwort leaves, red, yellow and white onion skins, rosemary needles, sorrel leaves, tansy leaves and flowers, turmeric powder, and yarrow leaves and flowers. Many berries and vegetable matter like cabbage and beets are considered stains more than dyes because the bright colors quickly fade to yellow or brown shades.

Plant leaves are best gathered in the pre-bloom or blooming stage. Flowers are best picked as they are coming into bloom. Berries are best harvested when fully ripened and roots should be dug in late summer or in autumn when the plant is past its peak flowering period.

Bark gives its best colors picked in the spring, although bark from trees cut in autumn will also give you good color. ~ From the Herb Society of AmericaRead more at this link on dyeing equipment and how-to



Anne Bliss, author of ‘North American Dye Plants’ gives this advice for determining what colors you can expect from plants:

“Yellow-flowering plants most often produce yellow-cast dye, as do most white bloomed species. However, some white-flowering plants yield tans. Plants with purple blossoms usually give tans, golds and greens. Red berries generally produce yellow or golds.”

– quoted from The Herb Society of America, read the rest for dyeing how-to

Black: black walnut, alder
Brown: burdock, comfrey, fennel, onion, geranium
Gold: goldenrod, plantain, safflower, agrimony
Blue: indigo, elder, elecampane
Pink: bloodroot, chicory, madder
Green: agrimony, angelica, betony, coltsfoot, foxglove, marjoram, rosemary, tansy, yarrow
Gray: poplar, raspberry
Red: dandelion, St. Johns Wort, sweet woodruff, hops

Links for Dye Plants

About Fiber Plants.
Search for Dye Plants

Bee Herb Garden

Directions for making a bee garden and a “bee house”(in the links at the end).

Physic Herb Garden

  • Echinacea
  • Artemisia
  • Feverfew
  • Costmary
  • German chamomile
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Valerian
  • Skullcap
  • Yarrow
  • Macleaya cordata

General Herb Garden

General Links for Herbal Plants

Medicinal Garden UW Medicinal Garden

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Ilona Erwin

I started working on this website beginning in 1998, when it was part of Ilona's Reflecting Pool. Since then I've branched out into a number of online endeavors and work at writing lots of content for my sites. "Ilona's Garden" remains my primary site and is dedicated to home gardener's success.