Some Lavenders are better in pots, others belong in the perennial garden, but they all have one thing in common – great fragrance!
In terms of hardiness, not all Lavenders are equal. Lavender angustifolia and Lavender x intermedia varieties are the hardier ones. These include ‘Grosso’, ‘Hidcote’, ‘Munstead’, and ‘Provence’. These are all hardy to zone 6 at least. Other Lavenders are also perennial, however, they are much more tender and cannot survive outdoors in areas colder than zone 7 or 8.
In terms of fragrance, ‘Munstead’ and ‘Hidcote’ Lavender have the strongest scent. ‘Provence’ and ‘Grosso’ don’t seem as strong yet these are the choice of those who seek to extract oil of Lavender. Fernleaf Lavender has a sharp, less sweet scent than the others.
Lavender can also be used as a culinary herb in flavored vinegars, jellies, as a flavoring in lavender ice cream, or as an ingredient in lavender short bread. Find great Lavender recipes here!
Be creative! Lavender can be spectacular when used as a border or edging in the garden, along pathways, or around ponds. To keep your plants flourishing, cut the spent blooms to encourage more leaf growth.
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