Against a dark sky all flowers look like fireworks. There is something strange about them, at once vivid and secret, like flowers traced in fire in the phantasmal garden of a witch.” – G.K. Chesterton
What flowers should you grow in your witch’s garden, amongst the herbs for your potions and your outdoor altar?
Foxglove, the fairy’s flower, attracts the fae folk, as well as bees and hummingbirds, but it is very poisonous to humans. Foxglove symbolizes both fairies and harm to humans, which is not as dichotomous as we might think.
Moonflower is a climbing vine that blooms at night and closes at the sun. It has a delicate fragrance and pretty white petals that open to a white circle, like the full moon. The moonflower attracts moths, including the large hummingbird moth. The moonflower symbolizes intuition and feminine energy.
Sunflowers are the yang to the moonflower’s yin. Plant sunflowers in the spring and they will bloom in late summer or early fall. You can harvest and dry the petals for crafts and the seeds for roasting and eating. Birds, bees, and butterflies are attracted the the sunflower. The sunflower symbolizes happiness, warmth, and delight.
Lavender is both an herb and a flower. You can harvest lavender to make aromatic sachets, DIY lotions, soaps, candles, and more. Lavender is one of my favorite scents and I keep sachets of lavender hanging on door knobs, bedposts, bathroom towel racks, and inside the closet. Lavender symbolizes purification, tranquility, and love.
Jasmine is another one of my favorite floral scents. It always reminds me of late evening strolls through the neighborhood, as it grew in abundance in my home state of Florida. Jasmine is a climbing vine with small white flowers which can be dried and used to make potpourri, herbal tea, and incense. Jasmine is symbolic of both the sensual and the spiritual, as well as of dreams.
Marigold flowers are a favorite of gardeners because they repel unwanted insects from your veggies. Marigold flowers can be added to salads, cooked in rice for a gold color, and substituted for tarragon. Marigolds are representative of the sun, positive energy, and creativity.
Add some bewitching sculptures, crystal balls, moons, suns, fairies, crystals, and magic stones to your witch’s garden.
Keep a journal of the flowers in your garden in your spell book or bullet journal.