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For many pagans, the garden is an extension of the home and is at least as important. There is perhaps no better way to connect to the earth than by planting, nurturing and harvesting something from a tiny seed to a delicious fruit, vegetable or beautiful flower.
But what must a pagan garden have in it? That depends on your needs. Do you want to use herbs for cooking? For magick? Do you want someplace to meditate? To feed your family? Or just something pretty outside the window? Here are a few guidelines for various kinds of gardens:
A sun garden includes plants and flowers that are connected to fire and the sun. It has a very bright, masculine feel and is great for summer.
- Citrus trees
- Yellow and Orange Peonies
- Black-Eyed Susans
A moon garden, as to be expected, includes plants and flowers that are connected to the moon. Moon gardens are also typically all green and white, so that they can be enjoyed in moonlight, when white flowers stand out in the dark unlike most other colors. Moon gardens often also include plants that are night blooming. This is a garden with a distinctly feminine vibe but that can be used by all for meditation and relaxation.
- Evening primrose
- Water lilies (also a perfect addition to a water feature)
- White phlox
- White iris
- White garden roses
An herbal garden serves two purposes: flavor for home-cooked meals and magickal uses. Plant herbs in large pots and place on a porch, preferably close to the kitchen so they are always close at hand.
- Basil (love, luck, protection)
- Thyme (courage)
- Oregano (happiness, health, luck)
- Mint (healing, divination)
- Cilantro (peace, garden protection)
- Rosemary (cleansing, protection)
- Sage (purification)
Vegetables are often the focus of the pagan garden as they are the fresh, delicious summer harvest that, of course, the month of August is all about! Try for a nice selection of the basics as well as a few out-of-the-box choices.
- String beans
- Crookneck squash
- Purple Carrots
- Soy beans
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