Lavender is a blooming perennial and there are many varieties that can work well in a spectrum of growing conditions.
If you like growing your own herbs, lavender could be the next one for you. Growing this fragrant beauty has big results if you want a fragrant, airy backdrop that attracts pollinators and gives extra texture to your landscape.
That doesn't even count the possibilities for uses in the home kitchen bath and bedroom.
Any garden spot you have, other than garden plots that are too wet or have too much shade, are possibilities for lavender. I grow mine in two raised beds, away from the rest of my herb garden, because I've mixed in with other harmonious colors and shapes.
You can enjoy lavender for the fragrance and its attractive power for bees and other beneficial insects. In a massed planting with lots of purple flower spikes, it’s just pretty, too!
I discovered that lavender was more than an old-fashioned herb a few years ago, when I was working on a hummingbird garden. It looked good, but I thought of it only as a fill-in plant.
Then the hummers liked it more than anything else I’d planted. They were supposed to like the red salvia and the snapdragons.
So I started planting lavender every year. I checked out varieties ahead of time, on the website of our favorite greenhouse. Most of my plants are Munstead and Hidcote. The fragrance is wonderful!