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Landscaping Ideas: 11 Lavender Gardens Around the World

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Landscaping Ideas: 11 Lavender Gardens Around the World

May 21, 2017

Lavender is the secret weapon of gardeners around the world. In warm, dry climates, the herb’s 39 evergreen species can fill problem spots in the garden with year-round foliage and with flowers in lovely shades of purple, blue, violet, and gray. From Albuquerque to Athens, we’ve rounded up 11 of our favorite examples.
Give lavender full sun and from 2 to 3 square feet of space to spread. For growing tips (and growing zones), see Field Guide: Lavender.

 1. England

Lavender in bloom in the Hinton Ampner gardens in Hampshire. Photograph by Leimenide via Flickr.
Above: Lavender in bloom in the Hinton Ampner gardens in Hampshire. Photograph by Leimenide via Flickr.

2. Italy


Above: In the Piedmontese hills, Turin-based landscape architect Cristiana Ruspa unified discrete outdoor spaces–a circular driveway, a shaded terrace, and an inner courtyard with a bleached wood pergola–with a colorful palette of  low-water perennials. For more, see Rehab Diaries: The Resurrection of an Italian Nobleman’s Garden.

3. Australia

Drifts of pink Sedum &#8\2\16;Autumn Joy&#8\2\17; add romance to a garden by designer Paul Bangay. Photograph by Simon Griffiths, courtesy of Paul Bangay. For more, see \1\1 Ideas to Steal from Drought Tolerant Gardens.
Above: Drifts of pink Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ add romance to a garden by designer Paul Bangay. Photograph by Simon Griffiths, courtesy of Paul Bangay. For more, see 11 Ideas to Steal from Drought Tolerant Gardens.

For a romantic combination (as shown above), combine Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (pink) with lavender (purple), and a silvery perennial grass (foreground)

4. Northern California

Above: Two olive trees, underplanted with lavender, draw the eye to the horizon. “Our goal was to make this garden evocative of the surrounding landscape, which is just stunning,” said SF-based landscape architect Scott Lewis, who came up with a garden design for the one-acre property that takes advantage of the agrarian nature of the Napa Valley. Photograph by Mathew Millman courtesy of Scott Lewis.

5. Australia


Above: Sydney-based Garden designer Peter Fudge designed a formal garden with drought tolerant plants including drifts of lavender beneath olive trees. For more of this garden, see Garden Designer Visit: Lavender Fields in Australia.

6. South Africa

Aromatics feature strongly, with lavender providing gray and feathery relief from the dark, rigid privet at Vergelegen Winery in Cape Town. Photograph by Marie Viljoen.
Above: Aromatics feature strongly, with lavender providing gray and feathery relief from the dark, rigid privet at Vergelegen Winery in Cape Town. Photograph by Marie Viljoen.

7. New York


Above: On a Manhattan rooftop, Vanity Fair art director Julie Weiss mixes the purple shades of agastache and lavender (at right) with wild grasses, hydrangeas, and roses. For more of her garden see Garden Visit: At Home with Vanity Fair’s Art Director in Manhattan.>

8. Spain


Above: A low hedge of lavender edges a pathway in the southwest Mallorcan garden of a home Danish fashion designer Malene Birger sold recently for €1.295 million. Photograph via Lucas Fox International Properties.

9. Los Angeles


Above: LA-based garden designer Naomi Sanders created a water-wise courtyard garden with a plant list that includes lavender, native California irises, agaves, Iceberg roses and silvery Santolina. For more, see LA Confidential: A Private Courtyard Goes Luxe on a Budget.

10. Albuquerque


Above: Lavender mingles with Queen Anne’s Lace at Los Poblanos Inn, where guests can volunteer to work in the 25-acre garden–a farm, really–which produces much of the food on the menu. For more, see From Farm to Table at Los Poblanos Inn.

11. Upstate New York

Lavender and thyme grow between the concrete pavers in a permeable patio in Kinderhook, New York. For more of this garden, see our book, Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces. Photograph by Matthew Williams.
Above: Lavender and thyme grow between the concrete pavers in a permeable patio in Kinderhook, New York. For more of this garden, see our book, Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces. Photograph by Matthew Williams.

For more inspiration, see:

Finally, get more ideas on how to successfully plant, grow, and care for lavender with our Lavender: A Field Guide.

Finally, get more ideas on how to plant, grow, and care for various perennial plants with our Perennials: A Field Guide.

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