Winter Enchantment: 9 Best Witch Hazels for a Luminous Garden


Winter Enchantment: 9 Best Witch Hazels for a Luminous Garden

The best way to enjoy the beauty of a luminous garden is with the help of these nine essential plants. They are all known to have beneficial effects on health and well being. You will not only get beautiful flowers but also healthy fruits and vegetables from them. These nine essential plants are the most popular ones in Europe, USA, Australia and Canada.

1. Red Willow (Salix alba)

Red Willow is one of the most popular plants in Europe, USA and Canada. It is easy to grow and it produces many useful medicinal herbs such as wormwood, pennyroyal, yarrow, thyme and others. It also helps you to keep your house warm during cold seasons. Also it provides you with a nice aroma when you use its leaves or berries for tea or cooking.

2. Blue Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)

Blue cohosh is another one of the most popular plants in Europe, USA and Canada. It is very hardy plant which grows easily in any climate conditions. Its leaves are used for making incense and smoking it. The leaves are also used to make shampoo, soap, toothpaste etc. The berries are edible too and they provide good nourishment to children.

3. Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus)

Chaste trees are popular in Western and Southern Europe, North America and Australia. It is a deciduous understory tree that produces beautiful flowers in the spring. The crazy thing is that the flowers don’t have any scent but they are very colorful and nice to look at. It leaves can be used for making tea and medicinal herbs, while its berries are edible.

4. Stinking Iris (Iris foetidissima)

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This is a very strange plant that grows in Western and Southern Europe, North America and Australia. It has a very nasty smell but it can be used as insect repellent. There are some people who even use its smell for fun to prank their friends. Its root is edible too and it has a nice nutty flavor.

5. European Alder (Alnus glutinosa)

This is a small tree native to Europe, North America and Australia. It produces beautiful yellow flowers in spring. The flowers are used for making medicine. Its bark can be used to make tanning solutions for leather. The fruits are edible but they taste horrible.

But it can be useful for making red dye and ink.

6. Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

This is a small flowering plant native to the UK. It is easily grown and it can survive in most climate conditions. Its flowers are used for making perfume. It also provides good nourishment to children. Its roots can be boiled to make a strong medicine that can be used to prevent miscarriages.

7. Oak Tree (Quercus robur)

The oak tree is native to Europe, North America and Australia. It is very strong and it provides nice shade in hot weather. Its wood can be used for many things such as building houses, furniture and fire. Its acorns contain tannin which is used for curing leather.

8. Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

It originates from North America but it can also be found in other places such as Australia and the UK. It is a beautiful tree that produces nice flowers in the spring. Its flowers can be used for making wine and its wood is used to make furniture and bowls. It is a slow growing tree so it is rare and only the richest people can have one in their garden.

9. Nettle Tree (Celtis australis)

This tree originates from Australia but it can also be found in the UK. It is used for making instruments such as guitars, flutes and whistles. Its fruits are edible too.

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10. European Beech (Fagus sylvatica)

This tree is native to Europe, North America and Australia. It is a beautiful shade tree that produces edible nuts. Its wood is very sturdy so it is used for building houses and making furniture.

11. Hazelnut Tree (Corylus avellana)

This tree originates from North America and the UK. It is a deciduous shrub with edible nuts that can be eaten either raw or roasted. The nuts contain very nutritious oils and they can keep for a long time without spoiling. Its wood is also used for making furniture and other things.

12. Paperbark Tree (Melaleuca)

This tree originates from Australia and the UK. It is a tall tree that can survive in swampy areas. The bark of the tree can be made into paper and it can be written on with ink that can be made from other plants such as nettles. It can be used to wrap food and write messages on like paper.

13. Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)

This tree originates from Europe but it can also be found in other places such as North America and the UK. It produces a red furry seed that is used as a medicine to stop bleeding. Its wood can be used to make furniture and its flowers are used for making ink and paint.

14. Yellow Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

This tree originates from North America and the UK. It is a tall and beautiful shade tree with strong wood that can be used for building houses. Its wood is very soft so it is not often used but it is sometimes used to make musical instruments such as clarinets, flutes and ocarinas. It also produces nice flowers in the spring.

15. Chestnut Tree (Castanea sativa)

This tree originates from Europe but it can also be found in North America and the UK. It produces edible nuts that are rich in nutrients and carbohydrates so they are good for you if eaten in moderation. Its wood is very hard so it is used to make furniture and tools. It can also produce flowers in the spring.

16. Common Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)

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This tree originates from North America and the UK. It is a very tall tree that produces flowers in the spring. It can be made into an antidote for most poisons and it is used to pack wounds and boils to make them heal faster. Its wood is not often used except for making Model airplane propellers.

17. Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

This tree originates from Europe but it can also be found in places such as North America and the UK. It is a tall and beautiful deciduous tree that is often used for making sculptures. Its wood is very light and flexible so it is used to make snowshoes, paddles, bows, oars, hoops etc.

18. Lime (Tilia)

This is a deciduous tree that originates from North America and the UK. It is a tall, beautiful shade tree with strong wood that is used to make furniture. Its flowers are also nice and they produce a lot of nectar so they are good for making honey.

19. Sweet Gum Tree (Liquidambar styraciflua)

This tree originates from North America and the UK. It is a deciduous tree that has a fragrant wood that can be made into furniture. Its berries are also edible and they have a sweet taste, they are not very nutritious though.

20. Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

This tree originates from North America and the UK. It is a deciduous tree with very strong wood that can be made into things such as furniture. Its flowers are very large and beautiful and they produce a lot of nectar that can be made into honey.

Thank you for taking the time to look over these trees, we hope you will choose carefully before you decide which ones to plant and which ones not to.

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Yours Sincerely,

The Nature Friends.

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