Wormwood: A tall drought-tolerant perennial with lacy gray leaves, striking in the garden or in bouquets. Excellent with deep-rooted shrubs like roses or around the edges of the garden, since it repels insects, deer, and burrowing animals like gophers, but contains a growth inhibitor that can stunt vegetables. Easy to grow from seed, accepts most soils, and needs little care once established. Medicinal: bitter digestive tonic, anti-parasitic. Source of the now-outlawed liqueur absinthe.
Sweet Annie: Artemisia annua. Annual, height 3-5 feet. There is a huge market demand worldwide for this herb, which is used to fight cancer, parasites, and drug-resistant malaria. Deliciously scented foliage is used for wreaths, bouquets, sachets, baths, and to cleanse the air. Deerproof, excellent for an annual hedge or screen, repels pests.
dill seed - Annual herb often succession-sown in vegetable garden--good companion to cabbages, but many biodynamic gardeners feel it retards carrots and potatoes if planted alongside. Chopped leaves good in cheese spreads, dips, fish, salads. Seeds flavor pickles. Plant like carrots. Flowers attract beneficial insects.
Sage - Perennial with gray-green leaves and violet flowers, a classic seasoning in food and ancient preventative medicine, also makes nice wreaths and dried bouquets. Handsome all year--hardy to 0° Fs given good drainage and winter mulch. Likes full sun, drought tolerant once established. Pungent leaves said to deter pests in the garden and make an effective mouthwash to prevent gum disease.