Lavender is a fragrant flower that grows natively in different parts of the world. It is one of the most popular flowers in California, but it is also available in many other countries. In fact, it is an absolutely amazing plant for your garden and floral design.
I’m an avid suburban gardener and have been for a long time. As a child, I grew my own roses and put lavender flowers in my mother’s windows. As an adult, I’ve grown lavender in the kitchen and out on the patio to fill in for flowers that are no longer there. And last year, I ventured into the wild, planting lavender wildflowers in our yard.
I’ve cataloged some of my favorite types of lavender plants you can grow in your backyard. Check out some of the beautiful pictures below.
On the whole, the lavender plant is pretty easy to take care of. A typical lavender plant requires well-drained soil, minimal watering, and plenty of sunshine. They are also hardy and tolerant to the common kinds of pests and diseases that ordinarily bedevil other common plants of their kinds (Source).
Due to the aforementioned reasons, a typical lavender plant will require routine monitoring, moderate fertilizers, and exposure to the sun. When planted indoors, see to it that you place the planting box as close to the window as may be practically possible.
Don’t amend the soil with organic matter before you plant lavender, it’s best in low to moderately-fertile soils. In neutral to slightly alkaline soils, lavender works best. We recommend a simple soil test for the best results when adding lime to raise the soil pH (Source).
29 Gorgeous Varieties Of Lavender
#1: Fathead (Lavandula Stoechas)
This one has plump and round petals as the most notable features. The petals are also long and bear dark purple colors. For this reason, it might be the one to set your eyes on if all you want is to decorate your indoors or outdoors spaces. One of our favorite type of lavender!
#2: Melissa Lilac (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Seeking a colorful plant that is able to make your interior spaces bloom brightly? This might be the one to set your eyes on. It does bloom brightly in the middle of the summer. When it blooms, it assumes the appearance of the lilac color that is truly breathtaking.
#3: Thumbelina Leigh (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Lavender Thumbelina Leigh #whichgardening pic.twitter.com/V9arjFGwIs
— Janice Shipp (@JaniceShipp) June 14, 2017
Of all the lavender plants we have under consideration, this has the longest flowering season. Its flowers are two-tone, round, and compact. They also bring along the added benefit of extreme fragrance. Need we add that the flowers look great when planted in the pots and flower gardens? Beautiful in the late summer!
#4: Seal (Lavandula X Intermedia)
The Seal can grow up to 3 feet. It is subsequently great for your mass plantings, borders and fences, and rocky gardens. Apart from cordoning off your premises, this plant may also add some aesthetics to your areas. This is thanks to the violet-blue petals that are truly breathtaking to behold. What a wonderfully strong fragrance, as well.
#5: Royal Velvet (Lavandula Angustifolia)
#decor #homedecor Dried Royal Velvet Lavender Bundles @ https://t.co/SYhkOET9hB pic.twitter.com/LJedfpyLyt
— EXVIVER (@EXVIVER1) April 28, 2019
Most lavenders fade their flowers a little bit too soon! Not so with this Royal lavender. Rather, this retains its blossom for quite a long duration of time. Furthermore, it blooms twice a year i.e. the early summer and the later spring. Plant it in your low hedges and the herb gardens.
#6: Royal Purple (Lavandula Angustifolia)
If the areas you live in are prone to the menace of rabbits and deer, this is a fringed lavender we would wish to draw your attention to. It is resistant to both animals. Its long, vibrant, and lilac flowers also have the ability to beautify your spaces and make them great to reside in.
#7: Rosea (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Out of all the lavenders on our radar, Rosea is the most tolerant to drought conditions. It requires only dry to medium soil conditions to thrive and blossom. Moreover, it can also resist the scorching hot sun. These factors notwithstanding, the plant is still capable of producing brightly colored flowers with a strong scent.
#8: Regal Splendor (Lavandula Stoechas)
People grow lavender plants for different purposes. If you have a commercial element i.e. you want to keep bees, we ask you to grow this one. It has the characteristic capability of attracting butterflies and bees. The former aid in pollination whereas the latter creates honey.
#9: Provence (Lavandula X Intermedia)
Generally speaking, this flower performs well in areas that are humid. The plant comprises large petals, a fact that makes it particularly awesome for the hedges. Further to this, the plant can also grow to three feet tall and does produce exceptionally great fragrances. Count on it to make your garden areas look and smell fabulous!
#10: Phenomenal (Lavandula X Intermedia)
The colours this year are phenomenal. Lavender and delphiniums. This is indeed my happy place these days!!! #GardenGeek pic.twitter.com/zfPWZgilCw
— TracyT (@TSquared200) June 23, 2021
Phenomenal is by far the tallest and the most valuable of all the lavender plants we have. It does grow to 30 inches and is also able to attract insects of all shapes and sizes. Core examples of these are the bees and the butterflies. When fully grown, it develops sharp spikes that deter intruders.
#11: Nana Alba (Lavandula Angustifolia)
By and large, this plant is largely useful for small gardens and for ornamental values. When fully grown, it does exude some silver-green foliage that is truly beautiful to behold by the eyes. Also coming along is the nice scent that tends to last the longest duration of time.
#12: Munstead (Lavandula Angustifolia)
A combination of rosy-purple flowers, delightful scent, and beautiful and eye-catching appearance make this lavender the best for adorning your hedges and gardens. Crowning it all up is the fact that it can get two feet high. This of course means you may also count it for your hedges.
#13: Miss Katherine (Lavandula Angustifolia)
my miss katherine lavender has started flowering and the bees have arrived. ?? pic.twitter.com/3SGUupjle5
— Lady Kanemoto III of England (@capricornkpop) June 22, 2021
Miss Katherine does get dense and luxurious when fully grown. You may hence look up to it for sprucing larger spaces like the yards and the open fields. Due to its exceptional resistance to drought, the plant will also do well in the rock gardens and other areas that receive limited precipitation.
#14: Little Lottie (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Lavender ‘Little Lottie’ behind Agapanthus. The crocosmia photo-bombing on the right is just about to be removed. Bees everywhere! pic.twitter.com/DXphPFatDR
— Adrian Thorne (@AdrianGardens) July 20, 2020
Summers are typically hot and dry. Not every kind of lavender can do well in such areas and at such times. Luckily, you have an option here with this silvery foliage type. Its resistance to excess heat and sunlight makes it appropriately suited for this end. Find and use it for your containers and pots too!
#15: Pedunculata Lavender (Lavandula Pedunculata)
Organizing events and other outdoor parties demand that you place flowers that are not only breathtaking and great-smelling. This has the ability to bring to you both advantages at the same time. Its leaves particularly come about with a lighter shade of purple for greater looks.
#16: Grosso (Lavandula X Intermedia)
The leaves of this lavender plant are able to be dried and preserved for use in spices and ornaments. Thus, it serves as a great spice. Besides this, the plant itself is breathtaking to behold due to the deep purple color that it blooms with.
#17: Ballerina (Lavandula Stoechas)
Bees and butterflies do love this lavender greatly. This is given its large, long, and white petals. These petals mature into purple and pink flowers when the plant is fully grown. Other than the beauty, the plant also brings about some truly aromatic smell that lasts longer.
#18: French Lavender (Lavandula Dentata)
French lavender blooms for the longest duration of time. It starts blossoming in late spring, through to the summer, and eventually into the fall. Also, it grows quite large and tall. Through this arrangement, it is really great and awesome for decorating exterior yards.
#19: Egyptian Lavender (Lavandula Multifida)
The Egyptian lavender lasts the longest duration of time. It also stands out in the sense that it requires less water and minimal attention from you, the planter. Just give it well-drained soils and you will sit back and watch it thrive to the fullest.
#20: Portuguese Lavender (Lavandula Latifola)
Also called the spike lavender, this one possesses flowers that are simpler yet more elegant than those of the competing kinds. The flowers of the plant bear a series of small but pale lilac buds that run across the stems thereof. Due to its fragrances, it does attract butterflies and bees readily.
#21: Grosso, Hybrid (Lavandula X Intermedia)
In case you reside in extremely cold areas, we draw this particular plant to your attention. It is able to withstand unbearably low 15°F (-9.44°C). Additionally, it lasts fairly longer when consistently pruned and preserved well. This is a great option also if you have less money to spend.
#22: Hidcote Hiant, Hybrid (Lavandula X Intermedia)
Prepping for a wedding, marriage anniversary, or a graduation party? We draw your attention to this specific lavender plant. By far, it is the most suited for use in bouquets due to its ability to play critical ornamental roles. It also blooms well and is thus able to make your areas truly beautiful.
#23: Impress Purple, Hybrid (Lavandula X Intermedia)
Alternate rows of lavender Impress Purple and cut rows of t' same, looking good in the evening sunlight. #bees galore pic.twitter.com/mLRAeTkb2c
— RobinLavender (@RobinLavender53) July 24, 2014
This Impress Purple flower is good enough for those areas that are hardy and poor in nutrients. Thus, it is one that you may wish to tap into if you lack the necessary financial muscle power. Furthermore, its water needs are also lower and hence cuts down your anticipated costs of growing.
#24: Hidcote, English Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Hidcote is a ‘funny’ lavender in the sense that it preserves its colors intact even when dried. Because of this, many craftsmen use it for their common everyday décor and crafts needs. The plant also has the added advantage of blooming in both the spring and the summer seasons.
#25: Lavenite Petite, English Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Lavenite Petite is a unique kind of lavender in that its flower is both dense and pom-pom shaped. Adding to this is the fact that the flowers are highly fragrant. These two designations earn the flower the designation of the ‘most beautiful strain for lavender’.
#26: Betty’s Blue, English Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)
The flowers of this plant are really large while also bearing a deep violet-blue color appearance. To add to this, the flowers are also compact and dome-shaped. Add this to the sweet fragrance and you obtain a truly multipurpose plant that yields forth greater returns on investments.
#27: Anouk, Spanish Lavender (Lavandula STOECHAS)
Anouk blooms early and also withstands the hot summers exceptionally well. This makes it a good item to set your eyes on if you want to enjoy the exceptionally great appearances and aesthetics. Further making it a great one to use is the fact that it requires less water.
#28: Kew Red, Spanish Lavender (Lavandula Stoechas)
The plant derives its name from the crimson-violet flower heads. It also bears some pale pink petals at the top. Because of this, the plant is able to greatly decorate your interiors in ways that are really exceptional. Pick and administer it to such purposes!
This lavender gets its name from the crimson-violet flower heads that have pale pink petals on top. It has a long flowering season from late spring to fall, and flowers can be seen year-round in mild climates.
#29: Ballerina, Spanish Lavender (Lavandula Stoechas)
Rounding up the list of the leading lavenders that produce distinct blooms and bulbs. These neither fade nor die even when the heat levels are scorching. Overall, the plant does well in mild winters and summers. That means it requires less attention and input from you, the grower. Perhaps incorporate this type in an informal hedge?
Looking to make your gardens, backyards, or home aesthetic? You have the lavender plant for your consideration and attempt. Indeed, this graceful and aesthetic plant has for a very long time been used to spruce up the home areas. Quite a few reasons are to explain this phenomenon.
At the top of these are the limited care and attention that the plants need, the exceptional beauty that the plants exude, and the fact that they retain their blossom throughout many seasons. We want to help you to get started on the planting and the care for these plants. Our discussions below endeavor to do that.
There you have them! We now trust that you have the know-how you need to make great use of this plant overall. How about you now embarking on the search for a suitable plant that will serve your purpose? We are always on standby to offer any necessary assistance you may need to do this…
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