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Great Rose Companion Plants: Nepeta, Salvia and Lavandula

​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.

Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender)

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.

Lavandula stoechas (Lavender)

Their distinctive flowers steal the show with their "ears" sprouting from each flower head.

Lavender in the Garden

Beloved favorites of Mediterranean style gardens, Lavenders are gifted perennials which are full of talents including being delightfully scented.

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How to preserve the Fragrance of your Lavender

To enjoy the delightful fragrance of your Lavender, long after its blossoms have faded, follow these easy steps.

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Pruning Lavender for Beautiful Plants

While lavender is easy to grow, a few pruning rules have to be followed to get a healthy, beautifully shaped, mounded lavender plant that will last for years.

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Planting and Caring for Lavender in Pots

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!

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Lavender Varieties and Blooming Seasons

Depending on where you live, you can enjoy Lavender blooms almost all year in your garden. Why? Because not all Lavenders bloom at the same time and some bloom continuously, producing flowers all spring and summer.

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Early Blooming Lavenders

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. 

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Late Spring and Early Summer Blooming Lavenders

Most mid-season blooming Lavenders belong to the Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender) group. Flowering typically occurs in June or July and tends to last 3-4 weeks.

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Mid to Late Summer Blooming Lavenders

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.

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Continuously Blooming Lavenders

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.

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Lavandula x intermedia (Lavender)

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.

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Drought Tolerant Companion Plants For Lavenders

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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Lavender Main Types

Lavender (Lavandula) includes 39 different species, which are cultivated in temperate climates either as ornamental plants for the landscape or for the extraction of essential oils. Which one will you fall for?

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