2018 Lillie House Perennial Guild Plants Collection

(UPDATED for 2018!)

For 2018, our full members will receive their choice of two recommended forest garden trees to start their project (we particularly recommend Asian pears, chestnuts, and paw paws) as well as a selection of fruiting shrubs (including varieties of blackberries, black raspberries, currants, gooseberries, honeyberries, cherries, goumi, elderberries, hazel, cornelian cherry, American holly, roses selected for their high quality large fruit, etc!)

In addition to their trees and bushes, our members get priority access to our large collection of perennial forest garden plants at a discount “members only” price. Since developing a high-value understory of perennial vegetables and useful plants is probably the most important task of forest gardening, each member will receive a customized “starter kit” of live potted plants for the first year of establishment that will make it easy to get their forest garden project going strong. You get the plants at the right time for your project, when you’re ready to plant them.
“Starter kits” come with a selection of our most valuable, useful plants, proven to work in Michigan, customized to your site conditions and project goals. Many are rare in the trade, expensive, difficult to find and not available from any single source.

Better yet, our full memberships come with 3-years of access to our entire plant collection of over 300 varieities for plant material (seeds, scionwood, cuttings, and in some cases, plants.) So you can start by learning a manageable collection, then expand your garden when you – and it – are ready. That 3-year-access means you’ll have the greatest opportunity to get your project established.

Starter kits may include:
Perennial Alliums (the onion and garlic family):

  • Egyptian Walking Onions
  • Allium Unifolium
  • Chives
  • Garlic Chives
  • Welsh Onion
  • Welsh Red Onion
  • Perennial Garlic
  • Ramps
  • Perenial Leek


  • Star Herb Minutina
  • Sea Kale
  • Perennial Kales
  • Sorrel
  • Blood-veined Sorrel
  • Peach-leaved Bellflower
  • Perennial Endive
  • Salad Burnet
  • Marshmallow (a perennial cooked “spinach”)

Perennial Vegetables:

  • Asparagus
  • Scorzonera
  • Skirret
  • Perennial Bulbing Fennel
  • Lovage
  • Turkish Rocket (perennial broccoli!)
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Ground Nut (Apios Americana)
  • Air Potato (Chinese yam)
  • Fairy Spuds (Claytonia Virginica)
  • Camas bulbs
  • Fiddle-Head Ferns
  • Crosnes (Mint Root)


  • Oregano
  • A large collection of Thymes and Creeping Thymes
  • Yarrow
  • Valerian
  • A large collection of Mints
  • Comfrey
  • Anise Hyssop