Yarrow: Ancient healing herb, used by many cultures worldwide for stopping bleeding, healing wounds, breaking fevers, and helping headaches, colds and flus. A handful of leaves in the bath soaks out aches and pains. Excellent butterfly and beneficial insect plant, with big flat clusters of small flowers--the shape butterflies prefer for landing and nectar-gathering. Forms a mat of roots and lacy leaves that holds soil and allows moisture to penetrate.
Self-Heal has a long tradition as a wound-healing herb all over the world. Has been used to stop bleeding, close wounds, as a throat gargle, for hemorrhoids, coughs and colds. Robust low groundcover with sandpaper leaves, copper-purple flowers.
Yerba Mansa, Lizard Tail anti-allergy herb. Root is used against asthma, flu, arthritis, fungal infections, and inflammation of the mucous membranes. Yerba mansa requires heat and very wet soil -- it adapts well to pots and containers, where it can stay wet and come indoors for the winter if temperatures go below 10 degrees outside.
Keyhole garden. Designed for arid environments with poor soil, it's a raised bed system with a built in compost basket. Self fertilizing, and super efficient at holding in moisture. Can be built in a day. Uses 1 gallon of water a day.: