Greetings from SW Western Australia where we enjoy a temperate climate. This obviously suits many herbs and medicinal plants of Mediterranean origins. We do have a 30 x 30m Food Forest already set up in our orchard on our 8 acre block, and it is netted to protect the produce against the predations of our '28s' parrots and small silvereye birds which are truly capable of wreaking havoc on any ripening fruits.
I have used flowering herbs such as chicory, rosemary, borage and European dandelion as attractors to insect pollinators and this has worked well. I have planted a variety of soft fruits, including berries, apples, pears, plums, apricots, nectarines and quinces. Lower containers yield some Asian edible plants including daikon, burdock, and a variety of beaut edible greens.
In my past academic life, I published a goodly number of articles on medicinal herbs in the Australian Pharmacist journal. I continue to be strongly interested in the benefits of such herbs and would love to learn of their potential application to our food forest.