12 Medieval Plants to Include in Your Garden This Year

Despite the frigid temperatures, my mind is filled with thoughts of gardens.  This year during my garden planning, I decided to include some plants that would be common in a medieval kitchen garden that I haven't grown before.

Space constraints prevent me from planning a larger more elaborate medieval garden design, but here are some of the plants I have already and some new additions I'm considering to give my garden a more historical feel. What herbs and plants will you be including this year?

Click on the images for more information about their medieval and modern uses:

A Note about Safety:  Although these plants are edible, use caution and do your research before using any of these plants in medieval recipes. Major advances in what we know have been made over the centuries and the extant recipe may not be safe by modern standards.

References and Further Reading:

The Medieval Garden, by Sylvia Landsberg

Medieval Health Handbook: Tacuinum Sanitatis

Culpeper's Complete Herbal, by Nicholas Culpeper