Medicinal Perennials

Our growing season is going into hibernation, but like all good gardeners, our attention turns to planning for next year’s garden creativity. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to forget the profound healing potential that lies right outside our doors. Medicinal Perennials: To Know and Grow by Dan Jason and Rupert Adams is a captivating guide that beckons readers to rediscover the wonders of nature’s pharmacy through the cultivation of medicinal perennials. This book is a treasure trove of knowledge that empowers both beginners and experienced gardeners to harness the therapeutic benefits of these resilient plants.

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Dan Jason and Rupert Adams, both respected authorities in the fields of gardening and herbal medicine, combine their expertise to create a comprehensive and accessible resource. Jason, founder of Salt Spring Seeds, brings his lifelong passion for organic gardening and seed saving, while Adams of Kairos Botanicals, a seasoned herbalist, contributes his deep understanding of the healing properties of plants. This synergy results in a harmonious blend of botanical wisdom and practical gardening advice. 

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Medicinal Perennials spotlights 50 remarkable perennial plants, each with its unique healing properties and cultivation requirements. From familiar herbs like lavender and chamomile to lesser-known gems like elecampane and valerian, the book offers a diverse selection of medicinal perennials. Each plant is presented with detailed information on its history, traditional uses, active compounds, and cultivation tips.

The authors understand that not all readers are experienced gardeners, so they provide clear and easy-to-follow instructions on how to grow and care for these medicinal perennials. Whether you have a spacious garden or just a small balcony, the book offers adaptable advice for all types of gardeners.

Illustration by Lyn Alice

Beyond cultivation, the book delves into the preparation of herbal remedies. It covers the basics of making tinctures, teas, salves, and more, ensuring that readers can put their harvest to good use. The inclusion of dosage guidelines and safety precautions is especially valuable for those new to herbal medicine.

An impactful feature of this book is its emphasis on sustainable gardening practices. The authors advocate for organic cultivation, seed saving, and the importance of preserving biodiversity. They stress the role of perennials in creating resilient and self-sustaining ecosystems.

Lyn Alice

Medicinal Perennials is not just informative; it’s also visually pleasing. The book is adorned with vibrant illustrations and photographs that bring the plants to life, making it an enjoyable and educational read. Check out the beautiful work of illustrator Lyn Alice at 

You can make some very nice concoctions with your perennials. In our Recipe section, author Dan Jason shares his Dandelion Root Coffee – tuck this one away for the spring when dandelions begin to seed. You can also purchase both coffee and tea infused with dandelions at your health food store.              

Dandelion Coffee Recipe

What can we learn from this insightful book?

Empowerment: This book equips readers with the knowledge and skills to take control of their health naturally. By growing and using medicinal perennials, you can reduce your reliance on pharmaceuticals and connect with the healing power of plants.

Sustainability: In an era of environmental concerns, Medicinal Perennials champions sustainable gardening practices that benefit both the planet and its inhabitants. It encourages a shift towards more mindful and ecologically responsible gardening.

Versatility: Whether you’re interested in cultivating a small herb garden on your windowsill or creating a vast permaculture plot, this book accommodates all levels of gardening expertise. The plant profiles provide options for a wide range of climates and growing conditions.

Inspiration: The authors’ passion for medicinal perennials is contagious. Reading this book will likely ignite or reignite your enthusiasm for gardening, sustainability, and holistic health.

Medicinal Perennials: To Know and Grow is a remarkable guide that bridges the gap between herbalism and gardening. Dan Jason and Rupert Adams have crafted a resource that not only informs but also inspires readers to cultivate their own healing gardens. Whether you’re a seasoned herbalist or a novice gardener, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper connection to nature and a healthier, more sustainable way of life. Dive into its pages and let the magic of medicinal perennials transform your world. Get a copy to enjoy with your coffee and dream of next year’s garden at or go to our Giveaway section and win the book. Take a sip of your dandelion coffee and enjoy!

Contents and images used with permission by Harbour Publishing.