Plant Family Guides: Lavandula - Lavenders Plant-Family Guides
Highly placed among the favorite rose companion plants are Nepeta (Catmint), hardy Salvia (Sage) and Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender), whose exquisite flower heads contrast beautifully with the billowing pink, red, yellow or white roses.
Often associated with the famous purple fields of Provence, Lavandula angustifolia, also called English Lavender, is not native to England but to the Mediterranean. Ideal for garden borders, cooking and potpourri, this lavender also produces the best oils.
Since not all lavenders are hardy, containers provide the opportunity to grow lavender that would otherwise not be suited to your garden. Place them in a sunny spot (at least 6 hours of sunshine per day), provide the right soil and plenty of drainage, and your Lavender will happily blossom and grow!
Most early blooming Lavenders are Lavandula stoechas (French Lavender) but some cultivars of Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender) are also prized for their early spring blooms. Flowering typically occurs as early as May (in areas with mild summers and winters) with another flush of blooms in June followed by another flush of color in late summer or fall.
Most late season Lavenders belong to the Lavandula x intermedia (Lavandin) group but some cultivars of Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender) are also prized for their midsummer blooms. Flowering typically occurs in July or August and tends to last until late summer.
While Lavender is usually regarded as a summer-blooming flower, some Lavender plants are early bloomers with their magnificent blooms appearing early in spring. Others are late bloomers with blooms opening up in midsummer and lasting until late summer. Some bloom almost continuously from spring to summer's end.
Tough, Lavandin tends to grow larger, blooms later and produces more flower spikes than other Lavenders. This Lavender enjoys a remarkable presence in the garden as specimens or hedges. Most Lavandin cultivars are hardy to zone 5 and resist well to fungal diseases in hot and humid climates.
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!
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