New Book ** Edible Perennials: 50 Top perennials from Plants For A Future. Current interest in forest or woodland garden designs reflects an awareness that permanent mixed plantings are inherently more sustainable than annual monocultures. They safeguard and enrich soil ecosystems...
edible: e.g. coffee, chocolate, gelatine, oil
medicinal e.g. acrid, antacid, antibiotic, kidney
other e.g. alcohol. beads, bottles, fencing, fuel
special uses e.g. nitrogen fixer, hedge
You can do a more detailed search using the Search Properties section. This allows you to search for a number of plant features at once. For example you might want to search for a plant that needs light sandy soil, that is between 1m and 5m high and that likes shade. The database will find plants that have all 3 of these features.
The main aim of the charity is researching and providing information on ecologically sustainable horticulture, as an integral part of designs involving high species diversity and permaculture principles. Approaches such as woodland/forest gardening use a minimal input of resources and energy, create a harmonious eco-system and cause the least possible damage to the environment, while still having the potential to achieve high productivity.
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During 2016 PFAF added to our database the first 230 new tropical plants, out of the 700 we plan to add. Here's one of them: http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Aegle+marmelos - note the 3 apples and 3 hearts for edible and medicinal uses, and 5 tools symbols for other uses. Obviously an important plant! You can find plants by searching in the USDA Hardiness zones 10 to 12 or the PFAF Hardiness scale of 10.
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