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Lavender Lavandula

Growing Lavender: Tips at a Glance

There are almost 40 species in the lavender family; this aromatic native of the sunny, dry Mediterranean prefers sun and mild winters.

  • Type Ornamental herb
  • Lifespan Perennial
  • USDA Zones 5-9
  • Light Full sun
  • Water Drought tolerant
  • Care Cut low in fall
  • Design Tip Calm gray foliage
  • Companions Low-water perennials
  • Peak Season Blooms in summer

Lavender: A Field Guide

Other herbs are fragrant, but the scent of lavender is unmistakable: sweet but sharp, calming but invigorating.

There are nearly 40 species in the lavender family, but not surprisingly for a native of the sunny, dry Mediterranean region, many varieties cannot survive harsh winters. Varieties are idiosyncratic: English lavender (L. angustifolia) hates humidity; Lavandin (L. x intermedia ‘Grosso’) is highly fragrant; and bunny-eared Spanish lavender (L. stoechas) blooms in springWith gray-green foliage and flower spikes ranging in hue from deep purple to its namesake color, Lavender has a mounding habit that makes it an amenable edging plant.

Planting, Care & Design of Lavender

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