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Strongest Scented Lavenders

Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia), English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

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Nothing is more charming than the perfume from 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.

The fragrance is not the only asset of Lavender: this small shrub is also highly appealing with its masses of soft purple, sky blue, or violet flower spikes gracefully swaying in the summer breeze. Enjoying a long flowering season, it is easy to grow, drought and deer tolerant, and is also highly versatile. It can be used in many ways: edging, hedging, accent plant, and containers, not to mention its culinary or medicinal uses.

How do you not succumb to the urge to grow 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. To assist you in selecting the right plant, we have prepared this guide, which we hope will be helpful to you.

Strongest Scented Lavender Types

The most fragrant Lavender plants are the Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia). Several cultivars of English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) are also prized for their delightful scent.

  • Lavandula x intermedia, also called Lavandin, is a hybrid cross between Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula latifolia. Cultivars are slightly less hardy than L. angustifolia and are taller with mounds of gray foliage and long, loose spikes. They tolerate hot (dry) weather better than English Lavenders. Cultivars are commercially grown for their high yield of oil, which, however, is inferior in quality to L. angustifolia’s oil. This Lavender type is great for hedges, and rock gardens, as an accent plant, and is also used in potpourris or as a culinary herb. Flowering typically occurs from mid to late summer.
  • 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.

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 Herbs, Perennials, Shrubs
Genus Lavandula
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (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

Growing Lavender

Growing lavender is an enjoyable endeavor that rewards gardeners with beauty, fragrance, and a bounty of beneficial uses. Here’s how to get started:

  • Choosing a Variety: First, select a lavender variety that suits your climate and soil type. Lavandula intermedia (Lavandin) is typically the most hardy, while French and Spanish varieties thrive in warmer regions.
  • Selecting a Location: Lavender thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Avoid spots where water collects after rain, leading to root rot. Lavender also does well in containers that can be moved to ensure adequate sunlight.
  • Planting: In spring or early fall, dig a hole twice the size of the root ball, keeping the crown (where the plant meets the root) level with or slightly above the soil. Space plants 1-3 feet (30-90 cm) apart to ensure good air circulation.
  • Caring for Lavender: Water sparingly. Once established, lavender is drought-tolerant and may only require watering once or twice a month in dry climates. Prune lightly in early spring or after the flowers have faded.
  • Harvesting: Cut flowers just as they open for the best fragrance and longest shelf-life. Dry and use in potpourri, cooking, or natural remedies.

Enjoy the multi-sensory rewards of growing your own lavender!

Discover These Helpful Guides for Further Reading

Favorite Lavenders by Flower Color
Lavender Main Types
Lavender Varieties and Blooming Seasons
Planting and Caring for Lavender in Pots
Lavender: How to choose the right one?
Learn How To Plant, Care and Grow Gorgeous Lavender

Garden Examples

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A Long-Lasting Summer Duo for your Borders: Lavender and Cosmos
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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 Herbs, Perennials, Shrubs
Genus Lavandula
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (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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