There is an incredible place in my heart for Lavender. It has always been a favorite herb of mine. But over the years, it has taken a front and center seat. When asked what my favorite plant is, I am quick to answer with a smile, lavender.
The smell, the color, the medicinal properties of this one plant, it is the queen of my garden. Several years ago, I traveled with my mom and sister to the Olympic peninsula of Washington for a midsummer Lavender Festival. I truly have not been the same since. Those fields of soft purple and misty waves of scent rolling over us. Baskets of fresh lavender everywhere we looked. Lavender lemonade, ice cream, sangria, even infused into fresh seafood. It was life changing for this plant lover.
Common Name: Lavender
Latin Name: Lavendula species. Most commonly grown is English Lavender, Lavendula angustifolia
Family: Lamiaceae – Mint Family
Habit: Height Range:12-24 inches, Bushy, upright, branching.
Width: 12-24 inches, depending on species.
Lavender likes to grow in sandy, dry and light soil, with good drainage. This is one of the most important aspects of keeping lavender plants from year to year. Lavender plants have a very long life, when their feet are kept dry! Commercial lavender growers often rotate plants in, to keep harvestable foliage young and tender. Other growers may keep cultivated varieties for upward of 30 years.
~In the weeks and months to come, we will continue our posts about lavender. Keep on the lookout for our favorite varieties, recipes, crafts and photos of my own lavender “field”.~