Perennial Plants at Three Sisters Farm


Perennial plantings are integrated into the landscape as tree lines, windbreaks and food forests.  The extensive list includes honey locust, black locust, pea shrub, rugosa rose, basswood, hickory, bamboo, high bush cranberry, nannyberry, elderberry, native dogwoods, cherries, and many herbaceous perennials.

Well over a hundred trees and shrubs have been established over the years. The farm has ten varieties of apples, three types of pears, five varieties of blueberries, as well as plums, mulberries, Juneberries, heartnut, butternut, filberts, pine nuts, edible dogwood, hazelnuts, currants, gooseberries, and hardy kiwi.

Comfrey, daylily, nettles, mints, wild bergamot, lemon balm, cat nip,  bee balm, horse mint, oregano, lamium, ajuga, damask rose, several types of red and black raspberries, black berries, and many herbs and flowers grow among the trees and shrubs.

Wild edible plants are found throughout the 5 acre property. These include violets, dandelion, plantain, various docks, red clover, milkweed, cattail, marshmallow, woodland sunflower, Jerusalem artichoke, ground nuts, mache, chickweed and others.

Native trees, shrubs and wildflowers on the property borders, around the pond and among the gardens complete the farm ecosystem, filling the landscape with a rich diversity. The abundant wildlife habitat plants, for beneficial insects, birds and other wildlife. These include asters, goldenrod, ironweed, Joe Pye weed, sweet clover, native dogwoods, wild black cherry, oaks, slippery elm, maples, white pine, spruce, and numerous wild flowers.

Currently the annual gardens are not in productions. But the landscape continues to yield fruits, herbs, medicinal plants and nurtures a thriving ecosystem.