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Loving Lavender in Landscape Designs

20 Jun

Lavender or the scientific name, Lavandula angustifolia is a very versatile plant in landscaping. The numerous properties and fast growth rate makes Lavender one of my favorites. The variety hardy to our zone 7 in NC is “Provence”. This particular plant:

  • Is drought tolerate
  • Is deer resistant
  • Is wonderful for cottage, formal or herb gardens
  • Transplants well
  • Dried flowers can be used for indoor crafts
  • A culinary herb
  • Foliage is fine and blue/grey
  • Grows fast
  • Low maintenance
  • Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Blooms in early summer for a long time
  • Great in rock gardens
  • Evergreen
  • Utilized for a quick, low and affordable hedge
  • Great in pots

You can find “Provence” Lavender at your local plant nurseries or farmers market. 1 small 4″ pot was placed into this foam planter last year and has filled out beautifully.

This variety of Lavender is a quick and easy hedge. I have it planted along my driveway.

It is in full bloom in June.

It only gets 2′ in height, not hindering any views.

The Lavender is planted along with “Burgundy Cotton” crape myrtle trees. Both being drought tolerate.

I can honestly say it transplants nicely because I moved all of the small plants from another location this past March. The Lavender looked fantastic along our front walk, but the bees didn’t appreciate my son saying in a loud voice, “Look at all the buzzy bees”.

The flower stems on Lavender are great to bring indoors. Just dry them upside down and use them in your crafts.

The color of the foliage is another plus to using Lavender. If your home has blue or grey vinyl siding, using plants with the same colors will help pull your design together, creating cohesion. If your home is brick and your shutters are bluish colored, these types of plants will do the same. Other plants with blue/grey foliage are blue fescue grass, heavy metal grass, dianthus, blue spruce sedum, artemisia, blue spirea, blue angel hosta, bar harbor-blue rug-blue pacific-blue star junipers. These are a few plants with blue/grey foliage, there are also plants with blue flowers and blue berries to consider planting.

Have fun with your Lavender.

Happy Planting! www.dianadigsdirt.com

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation

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