The more I learn about lavender, the more I love this fragrant and vibrant plant/herb. Last summer, I experimented with culinary lavender to create all kinds of recipes, from lavender lemonade to blueberry lavender bundt cake. This year, I decided to try growing my own lavender. Here’s why:
With the help of Woodinville Lavender and Pelindaba Lavender, I’ve learned just how incredible and versatile this plant really is. I consider it to be a “super plant.” We all know it smells fantastic, and it’s widely known for its calming, soothing properties, but lavender actually has so many more uses. Did you know you can cook with it, use it as a healing antiseptic, use it as an all natural insect repellent, and clean with it? Why are we using chemicals again?
Considering all that, I wanted my own little purple patch of heaven to gaze upon in my garden. When I started researching “how to grow lavender,” my appreciation grew ten fold, as you’ll soon see. I hope this inspires you to join me in fostering the resurgence of lavender. So, here are 5 reasons why you should be planting lavender in your garden this spring.
1. Tough – Generally speaking, lavender is an incredibly hardy plant. It loves lots of sunshine and dry soil, so you don’t have to worry about under-watering the plant once it’s established. In fact, water is lavender’s Achilles Heel. (That could be trouble for me here in Seattle.) Lavender is drought resistant, too much moisture can kill the plants, so be sure to grow them in a well-drained plot of soil. Without good drainage, the roots will rot.
2. Bug Buster – Lavender is a natural insect repellent. Bugs hate the stuff. Fine with me, I hate bugs right back. Another bonus: you don’t have to spray chemicals on your skin to keep pests away.
3. Fragrant – Lavender is not just pleasing to the eye, it’s incredibly aromatic, which it’s why the buds are harnessed for all kinds of essential oils and fragrances.
4. Varieties – There are about 40 known species of lavender! Whether you’re looking for a flowery, bold pop of color, a plant to produce a culinary herb, or a more subtle landscaping plant, there’s a lavender species out there for you! Here’s a breakdown of the most popular varieties and the differences.
5. Dried Buds: The Gift That Keeps Giving – Lavender is a crafter’s dream. Dried lavender looks stunning in a vase. Shake off the buds to create a lovely sachet for your drawers. Put the buds in a small bowl next to your bed, add a few drops of essential oil and drift off to dreamland. I’ve even heard of people throwing buds at the bride and groom at a wedding. Click here for more inspiration.