Lavender, known for its fragrance, is a perennial that may reach 13 feet tall with narrow, gray-green foliage. The lavender, violet or pink flower spikes appear in June and July. This popular herb is used for potpourri, sachets, and perfumes and also for flavoring some cakes and sweets. It can be effective in ornamental plantings too.
Purchase garden transplants, divide established plants, or root stem cuttings (non-flowering side shoots). Choose a sunny, well-drained site. Lavender prefers alkaline, dry soil and it can be left undisturbed for many years. It will not do well in shade. Lavender may need mulching to help it overwinter successfully. Or you can plant it in a protected location in the garden.
Cut flower spikes as blossoms begin to open. They may be used in fresh bouquets or dried for potpourri, sachets and perfume.