- botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia ‘Lady’
- perennial zones 5-9
- height 12-18″
- spacing 8-12″ apart
- full sun tolerant
- dry-average soil
- flower color gray-purple
- uses in garden: as a border, great in containers, cut flower, dried flower, drought tolerant, edging, fragrant, small/miniature
- use in sweet treats, lavender ice cream, potpourri, sachets
- attracts bees and butterflies
- deer resistant, leaves help repel mosquitoes
A small, compact English variety of lavender, Lady Lavender was an All-American selection noted for its excellent growth habit, fragrance, and lovely small gray-purple blooms. Lady is often considered to be the ‘true’ lavender, and is preferred by purists. It is considered to have the most medicinal properties and is documented as an antiseptic, as well as being soothing; its aroma clears the sinuses. Find great Lavender recipes here!
Having a hard time deciding which variety is right for you? View a summary of all the varieties together.
Lady Lavender plants are also available. Purchase them here.
Due to its long germination time, lavender is not often started from seed. Instead, the recommended method is to take cuttings in the summer, from the side shoots of the plants. Each cutting should be between two to three inches long. Place the cuttings in moist, sandy soil four to six inches apart. You can also start them in plug trays or in pots. Keep the soil moist – but not wet, to help encourage root growth. Transplant outside when plants are well established. Shear old flowers to promote re-bloom.
Well-dried flowers will retain their scent for a long time if dried and stored properly. Harvest leaves and/or flowers just before the flowers are open fully. Cut the stems in the morning after the dew has evaporated and the humidity is low. Hang in bunches in a dry, airy location – or use drying racks or screens when the temperature is high (90 degrees or above is ideal). When completely dry, strip flower heads off stems to use in sachets or potpourri. Store in airtight container. To use in flower arrangements leave stems intact. When stems are still pliable they may be woven together to make wreaths or lavender wands.