|Plant Type||Flowering, Herb|
|Origin||Mediterranean, Middle East, Northern Africa, India|
With such a rich history, lavender has been cultivated throughout time into a variety of different plants. There are three primary types of lavender that have been cultivated into sub-varieties. These primary species are known as English Lavender, French Hybrid Lavender, and Spanish Lavender. Each lavender variety has its own benefits and unique looks.
Here is a list of popular lavender variants:
This English lavender variety will bloom twice and has long, attractive flowing spikes.
Another English variety, the Vera lavender variant works well in relatively cold climates and can survive in temperatures down to – 20° F (- 29° C). if you live in zone 5a, this may be the variety for you.
This cultivar is one of the more popular French hybrids. They grow well in zone 6 and can grow to a relatively large size.
The Kew Red is a Spanish lavender variety that is known for its reddish-purple flower heads that have pink petals on top. In mild climates, the flowers may remain all year long.
Another Spanish variety, check out the Purple Ribbon which has a strong scent and is very easy to grow.
How to Care for Indoor Lavender
Common Problems with Lavender
While lavender is relatively easy to grow, there are a few common problems that may arise if you aren’t diligent in watching out for them. Here are a few things you should watch out for:
How Does Lavender Spread?
It is much easier to propagate lavender than it is to grow it from seed. Many gardeners choose to complete the process in the spring than in autumn as there is more softwood on the plant that can be used. The process is simple enough and new lavender plants can be cared for and shared annually.
When propagating the plant, it is important that you don’t cut into the woody section of the plant (especially if you propagate in autumn) as that can cause long-term damage to the plant.
If you want a bushier plant, you will want to prune your lavender plant frequently. Harvesting your plant regularly will allow for a fuller plant over time. Note that lavender flowers are at the tips of the stems so if your prune it too regularly, you may not receive many flowers.
What are Good Companion Plants to Lavender?
There are several plants that grow well with lavender. You should look for varieties that thrive in your area to create an idyllic garden that you can enjoy. Here are a few good companion plants for lavender:
Alliums are a genus of plants that are known for their linear leaves and clusters of flowers, each with six petals. Several alliums are popular edibles like garlic and onion. The flowers bloom at the top of long stems and are a spherical (or oval or cascading) cluster of flowers that vary in colors that include blue, pink, yellow, white, and purple. Alliums will vary in size from very small (between 4 to 5 inches high) and tall (up to 48 inches in height).
Also known as the “Corn Flower,” echinacea is a perennial herb that produces single, elegant flowers at the top of long stems. The plant has rough, slender leaves that grow out on opposite sides of each other on the stems. The daisy-like flowers are most often a purplish color, but they do occasionally produce white or yellowish flowers. The plant can grow to be up to four feet tall. Echinacea has many benefits and both the roots and the plant itself are used as home remedies to help with an assortment of maladies, including the common cold.
Known as a cheery flowering plant, the marigold is an annual that blooms for a long season. They are very easy to grow and maintain, making them the perfect plant for a new gardener. The full flowers, made from many layers of overlapping petals, come in many colors, most often gold, yellow, or orange, but they can also be found in maroon or red. You can also find hybrids that have two-toned flowers if you want to showcase something more unique. The flowers are also used as a home remedy for ulcers, period cramps, upset stomachs, and more.
Roses are one of the most – if not the most – popular flowers in the world. With so many varieties, sizes, and colors available, people are happy to grow these plants in their homes and in their gardens. The plants can grow as climbers, trailers, or erect plants. The stems typically have thorns that may prick your skin if you aren’t being careful. The flowers will bud in an elegant shape before fully blooming into large flowers. Roses are also very popular for their scent, which is both floral and fresh.
Yarrow does well in temperate regions. It grows flat clusters of flowers in a variety of different colors, many of which can complement other flowers grown in your garden. These will typically bloom from spring to autumn (April to October in most places). The leaves of the plant look fern-like and are aromatic. The plant is a member of the composite family and is a hardy perennial that is fairly easy to grow. In the right environment, it can grow to up to 36 inches in height. Many people use parts of the yarrow plant for many home remedies.
Plants that are Similar to Lavender
The following are a few plants that are similar in appearance to lavender:
A perennial herb, rosemary grows into a shrub that can either be continually pruned back or grow into a full, bushy shrub. Each branch produces evergreen, needle-like leaves that give the plant the pine-like scent for which it is known. While the plant is dark green at the top side, underneath, there is a dense fur-like covering of white hairs. The plant will grow light purple flowers that have an earthy smell. The plant has many medicinal benefits (such as being a source of antioxidants) and is often used in culinary dishes.
Pitcher Sage Overview
Scientifically labeled as Salvia azurea, the pitcher sage is an herb that produces blue flowers that are often used as part of potpourri alongside lavender and other fragrant flowers. The foliage is covered with fuzzy hairs and will release its scent when crushed. Pitcher sage is perfect for gardeners who want a flowering plant in a shaded portion of their garden. In the right environment, the plant can grow between 3 and 5 feet tall and about 3 and 6 feet wide. The plant can attract hummingbirds into your garden, making it ideal for bird-lovers.
Growing to between 2 to 3 feet tall, common hyssop will produce dark needle-like leaves that are often used for culinary purposes, including in salads, stews, soups, and drink. The plant has a woody stem that produces leaves and flowers. These flowers could be red, pink, purple, blue, or white depending on the variety. When in full bloom, your plant may attract butterflies and bees to your garden. Hyssop has been used through the centuries for a variety of home remedies including treating the common cold and asthma.