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Drought Tolerant Companion Plants For Lavenders

Lavender Types, Lavender Varieties, Companion Planting

Lavender Flowers, Lavender Flower, Blue Lavender, Pink Lavender, White Lavender, Purple Lavender, English Lavender, Spanish lavender, French Lavender, Common lavender, True Lavender, lavandula angustifolia, lavandula stoechas, lavandula x intermedia

Lavender is a very charming addition to most sunny gardens. Sun-loving and easy to grow, it requires infrequent watering and can thrive in poor soils provided plenty of sun is received throughout the day.

Planting lavender with other sun-loving plants sharing the same growing conditions can have other benefits. Many drought-tolerant plants attract the good bugs you want in your garden that in turn eat the ones you don’t want.

There is a wide array of pretty drought-tolerant plants that complement lavender in color, height, and bloom season, and will help you create many effective combinations.

Transforming a parched, dry spot into a lush, colorful and delightfully fragrant garden is possible!

Guide Information

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Genus Lavandula
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Traditional Garden

Drought Tolerant Companion Plants For Lavenders

Creating a garden with lavender and other drought-tolerant plants is a brilliant approach to water-wise gardening. The following tips will help you plan and establish a beautiful, low-maintenance garden:

  • Understand your Soil: Lavender thrives in well-draining, sandy or gravelly soil. Before planting, ensure your soil drains well by adding organic matter or gravel to improve its structure.
  • Plan your Design: Lavenders are medium-sized plants that can be used as mid-border plants. Consider layering your plantings with taller, drought-tolerant shrubs or trees in the background and shorter plants or groundcovers in the front.
  • Planting: Dig a hole twice the size of your plant’s root ball. Place your lavender plant in the hole, ensuring the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Backfill the hole and firm the soil gently around the plant. Repeat this with your chosen companion plants, remembering to consider their mature sizes when determining planting distances.
  • Watering: Once planted, water thoroughly. Lavenders are drought-tolerant but will need watering during dry spells until they are fully established, which typically takes a year.
  • Mulching: Apply a light mulch around your plants to help conserve moisture and suppress weeds. Be sure not to mound mulch against the plant stems, as this can cause rot.
  • Maintenance: Once established, these plants require little maintenance. Prune lavender after flowering to maintain shape and promote vigorous, bushy growth. Other plants will have their own pruning needs.

By selecting the right companion plants and providing appropriate care, you can create a stunning, drought-tolerant garden that thrives in a variety of conditions and provides year-round interest.

Discover These Helpful Guides for Further Reading

Lavender: How to choose the right one?
Learn How To Plant, Care and Grow Gorgeous Lavender
Lavender Main Types
Continuously Blooming Lavenders
Best Lavenders for Pots and Containers
Strongest Scented Lavenders

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Genus Lavandula
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Traditional Garden
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