It has perfumed the palaces of ancient Crete, colored the robes of Tibetan monks, and softened the baths of Alexander the Great. It's the essence of legends, yet its own story is fairly simple: saffron is nothing more than the dried stigmas of a crocus flower. And it's not exclusive to exotic Persian soils—there's a good chance that it would flourish in your garden.
The American Indians first discovered that witch hazel bark, boiled into a tea or mixed with animal fats into a poultice, has therapeutic qualities. A natural astringent, witch hazel soothes irritated skin and shrinks inflamed tissues, and is a key component of everything from facial cleansers to pore-tightening products, aftershave lotions, and hemorrhoid pads.
The rose-scented geranium is lovely smelling plant and we talk about how to grow it in the winter and in the summer (indoors and out), how to propagate cuttings into new plants, and how to use the fragrant leaves in cocktail and dessert recipes. Plus: How to perfume your bath with the leaves!