There is nothing more charming than the perfume released by Lavender (Lavandula) when brushing the flowers as you pass! Native to the Mediterranean area, Lavender was already used by the Romans to perfume their baths (Lavender derives from "lavare" in Latin meaning "to be washed") and even by the Egyptians who covered their bodies with the perfume of Lavender unguents.
How not to succumb to the urge of growing Lavender? There are over 450 Lavender varieties and finding the most fragrant Lavender plant is not always an easy task. Not all Lavenders are highly scented. Some varieties are wonderful as accent plants, but have little fragrance. Others might not look as spectacular, but exude a rich perfume.
Among the most fragrant Lavenders are several cultivars of English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). It should be noted that the Lavandin plants (Lavandula x intermedia) are also prized for their delightful scent.
Lavandula angustifolia, also called True Lavender or Common Lavender has long been cultivated for its high quality lavender oil. Cultivars of this species tend to be compact in habit and have grayish green narrow leaves and relatively short compact flower spikes. This Lavender type is great for formal or informal edging along walkways, raised wall beds, rock gardens, herb gardens and in mass plantings. Flowering typically occurs from late spring to midsummer.
To assist you in selecting the right plant, we have prepared this guide, which we hope will be helpful to you.