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Growing tips for this fragrant, easy-care plant that thrives in sunny locations

source: Garden Design

Fragrant purple flowers on tall spikes bloom right from the first year, creating a striking complement to the silvery gray foliage. You will love this plant, as the aroma is wonderfully calming. Ideal for drying and crafts, as well as fresh-cut bouquets. Use edible flowers, which have a sweet floral flavor, for baked goods and lavender lemonade, or serve with berries and citrus. Deer-resistant. (Bonnie Plants)

Lavender, an herb with many culinary uses, also makes a stunning addition to borders and perennial gardens, providing sweeping drifts of color from early summer into fall.

  • Type Perennial in zones 5 to 7

  • Planting time After last spring frost

  • Features Great for use in recipes, drying, and crafts

  • Light Full sun

  • Soil Well-drained soil (on the dry side)

  • Spacing 12 to 18 inches apart

  • Plant size12 to 14 inches tall by 8 to 10 inches wide, grows well in containers

  • Garden use Herb gardens, containers, vegetable and flower bed

  • Culinary use Baking, teas, sugars, jellies, paired with berries or citrus


  • Use lavender along walkways and garden paths where you can enjoy their scent and where they can benefit from the heat reflected off the pavement.

  • Plant in formal or informal herb gardens, where the cool, gray-green foliage sets off other green herbs and plants.

  • Create aromatic hedges or borders along fences and garden walls.

  • Use lavender as a natural pest repellent near patios and porches. The scent deters mosquitoes, flies, fleas, and other problem insects while attracting butterflies and bees.

  • Plant with drought-tolerant companions such as coneflower, sedum, black-eyed Susan, roses, and Shasta daisies.


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