In small glades with rich soil a bold effect might be produced by a good selection of Rhubarbs with Ferulas, Heracleums, Rhubarbs, Acanthuses, Yuccas, the common Artichoke, Gunnera scabra, and other vigorous hardy plants.
Artichoke leaf extract is thought to work directly to lower cholesterol levels.
The traditional way to eat artichoke is to peel the leaves and dip them in butter, but they also work well sautéed, grilled, and in salads and casseroles.
One of the most under-used vegetables, the artichoke also is one of the most flavorful and nutritious.
This may be due to the fact that the extract of the artichoke leaf contains high levels of antioxidants.