Spring is the time to think about your garden . This year why not introduce a few plants that can help around the house . These specimens aren't just pretty faces . Each one can help keep your home safer or healthier .
Aloe Vera ---
A sun-loving evergreen with spiky yellow-orange flowers .
Uses : The "jelly" in the aloe leaves can soothe burns , itches and dry skin .
Fun Fact :
The charmer Cleopatra used aloe in her skin regimen .
A fast growing grass with a hollow woody stem .
Uses : This versatile wonder can be used as a privacy fence . Harvested , the wood can be used for construction or ornamental crafts .
Pro Tip : The young shoots of the bamboo plant are the key to many Chinese dishes .
Lavandula angustifolia ---
An herbaceous bush with fragrant purple wands .
Uses : Attracts helpful insects , repels rabbits , can be used in cooking . The smell of lavender is lovely and is used both as a cosmetic scent and a treatment to reduce stress .
Fun Fact : Queen Victoria drank lavender tea to ease her headaches .
Cymbopogon nardus ---
A graceful ornamental grass with a pleasant smell .
Uses : Mosquito-repelling citronella oils come from this plant . It also lends a citronella flavor when used as a spice .
Pro Tip : Rub the leaves on your clothing to keep the bugs at bay .
Mentha spicata ---
A plucky , fragment green herb with spiky leaves .
Uses : Repels mice , and leaves can settle some stomachaches . Oil cultivated from the plant gives off a pleasant smell .
Po Tip --- Add bourbon , sugar and water for the traditional mint julep .
Spider Plant :
Chlorophytum Comosum ---
A favorite and hardy houseplant with cascading runners .
Uses : Can help filter out carbon monoxide , formaldehyde and other gases .
Fun Fact : NASA researched spider plants to help filter air on the Space Station .
Helianthus Annus ---
A garden favorite with a tall stem and large bright yellow blooms .
Uses : The flower makes for home décor , and the seeds can be roasted and eaten .
Fun Fact : Plant sunflowers to help draw away insects from delicate plants nearby .
A little warm weather here and my mind is on gardening , stay tune because there is more to come on canning and freezing when the crops come in , oh yeah ;-D . Nee