Herbaceous Plants

After extensive research, during the planning stage of our permaculture yard, I came up with the following list that can work well in my Zone 5b, semi-arid, Colorado climate.  Please note that this list hasn’t been tested yet.  I will update as I test species in my yard.  It is purely based on research.

Herbaceous Layer Plants
Type of Plant Specific breed Notes Source
Allium Regular Chives Full to Part Sun

18”Hx8”S

Bloom: Lavender

 
Garlic Chives Full to Part Sun

18”Hx8”S

Bloom: White

 
Wild Garlic (allium canadense) Full sun, part shade, shade

Height: 18 inches

Bloom: Pink

https://www.prairiemoon.com/seeds/wildflowers-forbs/allium-canadense-wild-garlic.html
Wild Leek/Ramps (allium tricoccum) Part shade, shade

Height: 8 inches

Bloom: White

 
Butterbur/

Fuki

  Prefers streamside habitat/ gravelly soils

Sun (needs afternoon shade) or shade

Wide-spreading rhizomes – invasive with wet soil

Flowers in early spring/late winter

Will grow out into shallow water

 
Chamomile Roman Full to part sun

8”Hx8”S

Sandy soil

 
Cutting Celery   Full to Part Sun

18”Hx12”S

Bloom: White, late summer

 
Echinacea Magnus Full to Part Sun

48”H x 36”S

Bloom: Magenta Purple, Mid-Summer to Fall

 
Purple Coneflower Full to Part Sun

48”H x 24”S

Bloom: Magenta Purple, Summer to Fall

 
Good King Henry   Partial shade

Not very drought tolerant

Not picky for soil

15 plants good for 2 people

To use as groundcover, plant 1 ft apart

Flowering – May-Sept

1-3 feet tall

 
Horseradish   Full sun, tolerates light shade  
Lavender Grosso Zone 5 Hardy

Bloom: Summer – Early Fall

 
Rhubarb Valentine Heat-tolerant

Harvest: May

Self-pollinating

 
Sage Purple Hardy to Zone 5

Full Sun

Bloom: Blue, Summer