Lavender Varieties You'll Love To Grow In Your Garden

Aromatic silver leaves and vibrant blue blooms define lavender, immediately transporting you to the sunlit Mediterranean shores. This iconic perennial shrub thrives in dry gardens, offering fragrant flower spikes in shades of blue, purple, white, and pink. Beyond its calming aroma, lavender buzzes with life in the garden.

Look closely, and you’ll see butterflies and bumblebees darting from bloom to bloom, drawn by the plant’s allure.

Lavender has left its mark on our cultures, shaping our senses and turning vast fields into dreamy purple expanses. From April to October, depending on the variety, lavender’s tufts brighten gardens in perennial beds, standalone displays, borders, rockeries, and sun-drenched terraces. They even thrive in pots, forming vibrant and fragrant hedges.

Lavender belongs to the Lamiaceae family, closely related to sage, thyme, and rosemary. Originating from the sunlit, rocky regions of the Mediterranean and extending to India and Southeast Asia, the Lavandula genus comprises 28 known species and 450 distinct cultivars and hybrids. The main types include include English, French (or Spanish), Portuguese, and lavandin, each varieties with its unique characteristics, fragrances, looks, and care needs.

The real challenge? Picking the right lavender type for your climate and space.

Wondering which lavender to introduce to your garden?

To help you pinpoint the perfect lavender variety that aligns with your garden’s conditions and your preferences, we’ve put together a visual guide We’ve put together a visual guide showcasing the different lavender types as well as the best varieties for each category.

General Lavender Care

While each variety will have its own needs, there are some guidelines you should follow for all lavender:

Sunlight Exposure: Lavender always needs full Sun, which means at least 6 hours of direct and bright sunlight every day.

Humidity: Lavender does not like humid atmosphere; it likes dry regions, and, if summers get wet, it may become moldy and lose fragrance.

Soil: Lavender is very particular about soil:

  • It does not like very fertile soil; it prefers poor soil, “light” soil, which means not rich in organic matter.
  • Make sure the soil has excellent drainage; lavender needs it and it cannot stand waterlogged soil.
  • On the other hand, lavender is resistant to drought, dry soil and rocky soil.
  • The pH can be neutral, acidic or alkaline, between 6.0 and 8.0.
  • Chalk, loam or sandy soil is fine.

Pruning: Your lavender will bloom more vigorously of you prune it back in the spring. Only cut back till you see old growth (the branch has become woody). Do not cut the old growth.

20 Favorite Lavender Varieties You’ll Love To Grow In Your Garden

Before I introduce you to my favorite cultivars, you should know that these sun-loving flowering plants are classified by botanists into 5 main types, based on their color, bloom times and hardiness zone of.

Read on to discover 20 of my favorite types of lavender plants, what the plants of a particular variety of lavender look like, when they bloom, and what conditions they thrive in your garden.

English lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)

English lavender is scientifically called Lavandula angustifolia. It is one of the most common types of lavender also because it is more hardy than other species, and this is why it is called “English”, not because it is original of the British Isles, but because it can grow there.

English lavender has some important characteristics:

  • A very gentle, relaxing and complex scent. It is arguably the most refined lavender scent you can get, and if you want to grow lavender for the oil (essential oil), Lavandula angustifolia has the highest quality oil.
  • It is quote varied; you can find different heights and colors, mostly white, pink, violet and blue (and lavender, of course).
  • It has narrow leaves (hence the name) and flowers appear as single inflorescences at the end of each stem. They have the classical lavender look, without longer petals at the top.
  • Other names you can find Lavandula angustifolia called by are true lavender or common lavender.

Once called Lavandula officinalis (a typical name given to plants used in medicine), there are many varieties of English lavender that have become very common.

1. ‘Hidcote’ English Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia ‘Hidcote’)

Hidcote English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote

‘Hidcote’ is one of the most popular English lavender types in the world. It has long lasting blooms of dark purple flowers that have an unmistakable and very strong scent.

Unlike other types of lavender, however, it will bloom profusely but only once, from late spring into the early summer.

This is an outstanding plant, winner of the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society, especially if you want to use it in borders or hedges, but also if you wish to cover slopes, or if you need so dark purple in your flower beds.

Excellent for all types of informal gardens (including city, courtyard and gravel gardens), ‘Hidcote’ lavender will also look and smell great in pots and containers.

  • Hardiness: ‘Hidcote’ English lavender is hardy to USDA zones 5 to 9.
  • Size: 1 to 2 feet in height and spread (30 to 60 cm).
  • Spacing: plant them 18 to 24 inches apart (45 to 60 cm).
  • Flowering season: late spring to early or even mid summer, once only.

2. ‘Alba Nana’ English Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia ‘Alba Nana’)

Alba Nana English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Alba Nana

This “dwarf dawn” variety of English lavender (that’s what the name means) will mix its beautiful candid and white blooms with the most soothing scent in the world, and its diminutive size makes it perfect for containers and pots, patio gardens and terraces.

It will also add an unmistakable fragrance to white gardens or rock gardens though, and it too has won the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.

  • Hardiness: ‘Alba Nana’ English lavender is hardy to USDA zones 5 to 9.
  • Size: between 10 and 12 inches tall (25 to 30 cm) and 1 to 2 feet in spread (30 to 60 cm).
  • Spacing: plant them between 12 and 16 inches apart (30 to 40 cm).
  • Flowering season: it will bloom in mid to late summer and only once.

3. ‘Munstead’ English Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia ‘Munstead’)

Munstead English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Munstead

This variety of English lavender has “noble” origins when it comes to gardening, actually, royalty, as it was introduced in 1916 by Gertrude Jekill!

It is a variety of lavender with a compact habit and very well defines flowers with five clearly visible petals whose color is of a light rosy purple shade.

Of course, having heard the name of Gertrude Jekill you will think that this lavender variety is excellent for borders, and it is, but it will also suit rock gardens and herb gardens, which it will enrich with its relaxing aroma.

  • Hardiness: ‘Musntead’ English lavender is hardy to USDA zones 5 to 9.
  • Size: between 1 and 2 feet tall (30 to 60 cm) and 2 to 3 feet in spread (30 to 60 cm).
  • Spacing: plant them between 24 and 30 inches apart (60 to 75 cm).
  • Flowering season: once only from late spring to early or mid summer.

4. Pink English Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia ‘Rosea’)

Pink English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Rosea

To the strong but calming fragrance of English lavender, this variety, ‘Rosea’ will add an abundance of pale pink (sometimes off white) flowers. It is, in fact, one of the most generous bloomers of the entire lavender genus.

This makes it perfect for romantic hedges and borders, in any type of informal garden.

  • Hardiness: English lavender ‘Rosea’ is hardy to USDA zones 5 to 9.
  • Size: 2 to 3 feet in height and spread (60 to 90 cm).
  • Spacing: plant them between 30 and 36 inches apart (75 to 90 cm).
  • Flowering season: once only from late spring to early summer.

5. ‘Thumbelina Leigh’ English Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia ‘Thumbelina Leigh’)

Thumbelina Leigh English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh

‘Thumbelina Leigh’ is a variety of English lavender with a particular gardening and visual value because the inflorescences are short and thick, made up of fewer flowers than other lavender types.

They will appear at the top of long stems, and will look like violet purple plump plumes high above the foliage.

This makes this lavender mora suitable to even less formal gardens than other types, as it will look less “wild”, and also for containers and flower beds where you wish the blooms to stand out.

  • Hardiness: English lavender ‘Thumbelina Leigh’ is hardy to USDA zones 5 to 9.
  • Size: 10 to 12 inches in height and spread (25 to 30 cm).
  • Spacing: plant them between 12 and 16 inches apart (25 to 40 cm).
  • Flowering season: it tends to bloom once in early to mid summer, but if you prune the spent flowers early enough, it may blossom again later in the season.

6. ‘Folgate’ English Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia ‘Folgate’)

Folgate English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Folgate

With classical dark purple flowers, this variety of lavender is well known for its generosity and the thick blooms it will produce in spring.

The inflorescences themselves are regular for an English lavender variety, but ‘Folgate’ will grow loads of them!

So, this is an excellent filler of color and scent to borders, hedges, and beds, and a plant you can safely rely upon to light up your garden with a richness of color that can make all the difference.

And that’s maybe why the Royal Horticultural Society gave it the Award of garden Merit in 2012.

  • Hardiness: ‘Folgate’ English lavender is hardy to USDA zones 5 to 9.
  • Size: 2 to 3 feet in both height and spread (60 to 90 cm).
  • Spacing: plant them 30 to 36 inches apart (75 to 90 cm).
  • Flowering season: mid to late spring; if you cut the dry flowers early enough, it may give you a second blossom in early summer too.

7. ‘Little Lottie’ English Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia ‘Little Lottie’)

Little Lottie English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Little Lottie

If you want a sweetly cheeky variety of English lavender, ‘Little Lottie’ is a bit “different” from her sisters because the flowers are of two colors: some are white and some light magenta, and they mix in the inflorescences, forming myriad combinations of purity and soft feelings.

This secured the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society for ‘Little Lottie’ in 2002, and has made her one of the most popular varieties of English lavender for pots and containers.

  • Hardiness: ‘Little Lottie’ English lavender is hardy to USDA zones 5 to 9.
  • Size: 1 to 2 feet tall (30 to 60 cm) and 2 to 3 feet in spread (60 to 90 cm).
  • Spacing: plant them 24 to 30 inches apart (60 to 75 cm).
  • Flowering season: it will bloom in late spring, but it can have a second and even third blooming season in early and late summer if you cut the wilted flowers early enough.

8. ‘Royal Velvet’ English Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia ‘Royal Velvet’)

Royal Velvet English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Royal Velvet

The spikes of this variety of English lavender have an upright habit and they can be 4 inches long (10 cm).

However, what makes ‘Royal Velvet’ stand out is its long lasting deep and dark navy blue to dark violet flowers, which also have a velvety texture.

‘Royal Velvet’ will fill borders, hedges, flower beds and containers with a depth of color and feeling, and a richness of scent like few other flowering plants can do.

  • Hardiness: ‘Royal Velvet’ English lavender is hardy to USDA zones 5 to 9.
  • Size: between 2 and 3 feet in height and spread (60 to 90 cm).
  • Spacing: plant them 30 to 36 inches apart (75 to 90 cm).
  • Flowering season: late spring, usually once only, but it can give you more booms if you trim the flowers after each bloom.

French (Spanish) Lavender (Lavandula stoechas)

No country is more associated with lavender than France; in the South of France, in fact, you can literally smell lavender in the streets, not just in those beautiful fields with long rows of perfumed flowers we all see in postcards.

But things are not so easy: Lavandula stoechas usually goes by the common name of French lavender, but in the USA it also called Spanish lavender.

On the other hand, it is common to call Lavandula dentata “French lavender” in the USA, but most commonly known as fringed lavender.

So, we are talking about two species. And here are their characteristics.

  • Lavandula stoechas, the most common species by this name, is famous for having long, larger petals (bracts) at the top of each spike, or inflorescence. Gardeners call them “ears” (like bunny ears) and they provide the most attractive visual effect of the plant.
  • Of all the types of lavender, Lavandula stoechas has the most showy flowers.
  • Lavandula stoechas has a more “resinous” scent than English lavender; it is very strong, but less “sophisticated”. It is not usually used for oil or essential oil.
  • It is less hardy than English lavender, which makes it unsuitable for colder climates.

On the other hand, fringed lavender, or Lavandula dentata:

  • It is characterized by ribbed, or toothed leaves, which makes it very attractive for its foliage.
  • It is ideal for containers.
  • It does not have showy flowers.
  • It is tender (not hardy) and it will only grow in USDA zones 8 or 9 and above.
  • It has a weak scent.

9. French Lavender ‘Anouk’ (Lavandula stoechas ‘Anouk’)

French Lavender Anouk Lavandula stoechas Anouk

Of all the varieties of French lavender, ‘Anouk’ is (one of) the most showy, as it has very large ears at the top of inflorescences that really make it stand out.

They are of a bright and very beautiful shade of magenta, and they are big enough to see the veins in them.

The stems with the inflorescences have an upright habit, which makes the ears pop out of the foliage like rabbits peaking out of the grass, and the leaves too are aromatic.

It is a very persistent bloomer, perfect for borders, hedges, flower beds but also patios and terraces, and it looks even better when it attracts butterflies!

  • Hardiness: French lavender ‘Anouk’ is hardy to USDA zones 6 to 10.
  • Size: 1 to 2 feet in height and spread (30 to 60 cm).
  • Spacing: plant them 18 to 24 inches apart (45 to 60 cm).
  • Flowering season: it will flower from mid spring to late summer with three, rich consecutive blooms. In some places, it may even flower in fall.

10. ‘Ballerina’ French lavender (Lavandula stoechas ‘Ballerina’)

Ballerina French lavender Lavandula stoechas Ballerina

A very showy French lavender variety, ‘Ballerina’ too has upright stems, but they have short and rather plump spikes of deep violet purple flowers and big, elegant white ears on top!

This is the variety you want on your patio or terrace in containers if you wish to wow your guests with a very unusual, yet striking variety of lavender, though it will grow well also in rock gardens, borders and flower beds.

‘Ballerina’ is a winner of the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.

  • Hardiness: ‘Ballerina’ French lavender is hardy to USDA zones 8 to 9.
  • Size: 1 to 2 feet in height and spread (30 to 60 cm).
  • Spacing: plant them about 24 inches apart (60 cm).
  • Flowering season: it will bloom from mid spring to late summer, usually once in May, then in June, then in August or September.

11. French Lavender ‘With Love’ (Lavandula stoechas ‘With Love’)

French Lavender With Love Lavandula stoechas With Love

“Elegance” and “class” are the words that spring to mind when you see French lavender ‘With Love”, a beautiful variety with unusually green foliage, then plump and short spikes of a cerise-purple color and ears of the most delicate pink, almost white, with bright magenta veins in them.

Another variety of French lavender to express your originality, either in pots on your terrace and patio or in strongly aromatic flower beds or borders.

  • Hardiness: ‘With Love’ French lavender is hardy to USDA zones 6 to 10.
  • Size: 1 to 2 feet tall and in spread (30 to 60 cm).
  • Spacing: plant them fairly close, about 16 inches apart (40 cm).
  • Flowering season: from mid spring to fall with three different blooms.

12. ‘Regal Splendour’ French Lavender (Lavandula stoechas ‘Regal Splendour’)

Regal Splendour French Lavender Lavandula stoechas Regal Splendour

If you want to showcase the elegance of French lavender in pots or containers on your terrace or patio, or if you need a touch of royalty in your borders and hedges, then ‘Regal Splendour’ is what you are after!

This is a variety with thick violet blue spikes and long and upright deep magenta bracts or ears, which look a bit like “fairy crowns” on top of heads among the foliage.

  • Hardiness: French lavender ‘Royal Splendour’ is hardy to USDA zones 8 to 9.
  • Size: 2 to 3 feet in height and spread (60 to 90 cm).
  • Spacing: plant them 30 to 36 inches apart (60 to 90 cm).
  • Flowering season: from mid spring to late summer with three consecutive blooms.

13. ‘Pretty Polly’ French lavender (Lavandula stoechas ‘Pretty Polly’)

Pretty Polly French lavender Lavandula stoechas Pretty Polly

With long white ears on top of spikes  with regularly spaced, deep purple flowers with a bright yellow center, ‘Pretty Polly’ has also won the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society, and you can surely see the value of this very aromatic  prize winner both in containers or in your borders or flower beds…

  • Hardiness: ‘Pretty Polly’ French lavender is hardy to USDA zones 8 to 9.
  • Size: 1 to 2 feet in height and spread (30 to 60 cm).
  • Spacing: place them 24 inches apart (60 cm).
  • Flowering season: it will blossom three times from mid spring to late summer.

14. Butterfly Lavender ‘Papillon’ (Lavandula pedunculata subsp. pedunculata)

Butterfly Lavender Papillon Lavandula pedunculata subsp pedunculata

A lesser known species, not belonging to the classical Lavandula stoechas, it has something in common with French lavender, because it too has ears, or bracts, but…

They look very pointy and rebellious, unlike the larger ones of classical French lavender…

So, if you fancy a lavender plant that says, “I am different,” in a subtle way, the small purple spikes with unruly looking magenta ears on top may be what you have been looking for.

Its originality must be why this variety won the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural society in 2002.

  • Hardiness: butterfly lavender ‘Papillon’ is hardy to USDA zones 9 to 11.
  • Size: 1 to 2 feet in spread and height (30 to 60 cm).
  • Spacing: plant them 18 to 24 inches apart (45 to 60 cm).
  • Flowering season: in some climates, all year round! But in most cases, it will blossom from May to the end of summer, still, not bad at all!

15. Fringed Lavender (Lavandula dentata)

Fringed Lavender Lavandula dentata

Although fringed lavender has a weak scent and flowers that are not particularly showy (still beautiful, with purple ears on top), it is much appreciated for the plastic and decorative ribbing (or teeth) of its silver green leaves.

In fact, you can use it to add texture to your beds, borders, hedges or even rock garden or grow it for its foliage (and flowers) in pots and containers.

  • Hardiness: fringed lavender is hardy to USDA zones 8 to 10.
  • Size: it can grow to 3 feet in height (90 cm) and 5 feet in spread (150 cm).
  • Spacing: plant them 24 to 48 inches apart (60 to 120 cm), depending on the effect you want to have.
  • Flowering season: it can flower all year round, with peak in fall or early winter.

Portuguese Lavender (Lavandula latifolia)

Broadleaved lavender, spiked lavender or Lavandula latifolia is also known as Portuguese lavender. Despite its many names, it is one species only.

It is a type of lavender that comes from the Mediterranean, known for its scent and aromatic properties, but if you grow it, keep it separate from English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). This is necessary for two reasons:

  • To avoid hybridization, as the two species do cross pollinate easily.
  • To keep the two scents distinct; in fact, the fragrance of Portuguese lavender, which is very strong but less valuable than that of English lavender.

What are the characteristics of Portuguese lavender?

  • As the name suggests, the leaves are broad, elliptical in shape, and not long and thin like other lavender species.
  • The scent is very strong, but camphor like, so, much less refined and sophisticated than English lavender.
  • It is not very hardy.
  • The inflorescences are in the shape of spikes, when closed, they look almost like ears of wheat.

16. Portuguese Lavender (Lavandula latifolia)

Portuguese Lavender Lavandula latifolia

With typically purple flowers in regular spikes, the inflorescence of Portuguese lavender is very elegant if not showy individually. The shrubs, however, will form large clumps of silver green leaves with purple spikes growing upright in the middle, and arching on the sides.

It is a very generous plant that can be naturalized easily or used in informal hedges, borders or flower beds, where it will bring a classical lavender look, which can be made to appear very natural indeed.

  • Hardiness: Portuguese lavender is hardy to USDA zones 6 to 9.
  • Size: between 12 and 30 inches tall (30 to 80 cm); the maximum spread, which it will reach after 2 to 5 years from planting, is 4 feet (1.2 meters).
  • Spacing: plant them 28 to 35 inches apart (70 to 90 cm).
  • Flowering season: it will keep blooming from June to September!

Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia)

Lavandin, the most fragrant lavender plant is actually a hybrid plant, Lavandula x intermedia, and it is what you obtain crossing English lavender with Portuguese lavender (Lavandula angustifolia with Lavandula latifolia) it can occur naturally, as we have seen, or don e by growers, botanists and gardeners.

This type of lavender too has some particular characteristics:

  • The color range of the flowers tends to be limited, around the blue, violet or lilac.
  • The smell is strong, but “soapy”; it has herbal overtones (sometimes even minty) and a camphor undertone.
  • The spikes with the flowers tend to come in groups of three; each stem divides before the inflorescence and gives us a few.

17. ‘Provence Lavandin’ (Lavandula x intermedia ‘Provence’)

Provence Lavandin Lavandula x intermedia Provence

Provence is, in all the world, the region we most associate with lavender, so, what better name for a classical-looking variety than the name of this land?

The flower heads are quite big, 3 inches long (8 cm), and of a deep violet purple shade, and they loom stunning even when they are in bud.

If you do not live in a very dry region, ‘Provence’ may be your best choice, as it is well known for being the best variety for humid summers.

So, even if you do not live in sunny Spain, you too can have the beauty and scent of lavender in your birders or hedges.

  • Hardiness: lavandin ‘Provence’ is hardy to USDA zones 5 to 8.
  • Size: 2 to 3 feet in height and spread (60 to 90 cm).
  • Spacing: plant them between 24 and 36 inches apart (60 to 90 cm).
  • Flowering season: from mid to late summer.

18. ‘Grosso’ Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia ‘Grosso’)

Grosso Lavandin Lavandula x intermedia Grosso

A wonderful plant to cover slopes very fast, as it os a fast and vigorous grower, lavandin ‘Grosso’ also has very long spikes of flower (6 inches long, or 15 cm) of that typical violet shade we associate with lavender.

Despite being ha strong plant, its habit is quite elegant, with many long stems growing side by side but in a fairly sparse way, so as never to give the idea of a “crammed” shrub, which will add a touch of elegance and harmony to your garden.

  • Hardiness: lavandin ‘Provence’ is hardy to USDA zones 5 to 8.
  • Size: 2 to 3 feet in height and spread (60 to 90 cm).
  • Spacing: plant them between 24 and 36 inches apart (60 to 90 cm).
  • Flowering season: from mid to late summer.

19. ‘Phenomenal’ Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia ‘Phenomenal’)

Phenomenal Lavandin Lavandula x intermedia Phenomenal

If you want a dense, rich and luxurious effect in your garden, have a look at ‘Phenomenal’ lavandin, which, on top of most fragrant lavender plant, will give you a deep vibrant violet purple hue and a thick shrub with many flower spikes.

  • Hardiness: lavandin ‘Phenomenal’ is hardy to USDA zones 5 to 9.
  • Size: 2 to 3 feet in height and spread (60 to 90 cm).
  • Spacing: plant them 24 to 36 inches apart (60 to 90 cm).
  • Flowering season: from mid summer well into fall.

20. ‘Hidcote Giant’ lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia ‘Hidcote Giant’)

Hidcote Giant lavandin Lavandula x intermedia Hidcote Giant

Unusual for a lavandin variety, ‘Hidcote Giant’ has a very big, plump and thick spike of magenta to violet purple flowers that can actually be showy individually.

The whole spike reaches about 4 inches in length, which is 10 cm.

A very decorative cultivar that adapts well to city and courtyard gardens as well as patios or containers, and which looks less “naturalized” and more “garden center” and urban than other lavandin varieties, ‘Hidcote Giant’ won the Award of Harden Merit if the Royal Horticultural Society in 2002.

  • Hardiness: lavandin ‘Hidcote Giant’ is hardy to USDA zones 5 to 8.
  • Size: 2 to 3 feet tall (60 to 90 cm) and 3 to 4 feet in spread (90 to 120 cm).
  • Spacing: plant them 36 to 40 inches apart (90 to 120 cm).
  • Flowering season: mid and late summer.

Lavender Is Indeed the Plant of Dreams…

English, French or Spanish, Portuguese or lavandin, lavender is a special plant. It can turn whole fields into oases of peace and beauty; it is the all time favorite of pollinators, and this alone makes her special among plants…

It creates seas of beauty and color and, well placed in your garden, it can turn it into a hazy but glittering dream…

Maybe it is thanks to its intoxicating scent, maybe that galaxy of purple flowers…

with lavender, really, the divide between waking and sleeping becomes blurred, and with her, we all slip off into a fantastic, light and peaceful world of dreams…

Amber Noyes

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Amber Noyes

Amber Noyes was born and raised in a suburban California town, San Mateo. She holds a master’s degree in horticulture from the University of California as well as a BS in Biology from the University of San Francisco. With experience working on an organic farm, water conservation research, farmers’ markets, and plant nursery, she understands what makes plants thrive and how we can better understand the connection between microclimate and plant health. When she’s not on the land, Amber loves informing people of new ideas/things related to gardening, especially organic gardening, houseplants, and growing plants in a small space.

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  1. Avatar photo Jane Moore says:

    Hi Amber,

    After moving to Washington, to be with grandchildren and great grandchildren I have been trying to grow lavender. I have a Nebraska background and found your information very useful.
    Thank you

  2. Avatar photo Cynthia Stark says:

    Hi Amber,
    Thanks for this pictorial guide to types of lavender. I have two varieties of lavender and I think one could be Grosso and the other some kind of English but I am still unsure. If I send you a photo of each one do you think you can help me identify them?

  3. Avatar photo Lola Huras says:

    Thank you for the descriptions of such a wonderful plant. I will make a list of my favorites to plant around my home.

  4. Avatar photo Charity Isaac says:

    Hi Amber,
    I stumbled on your page because I’m trying to identify the particular type of lavender plant that I have in my home. Can I send you a photo of it for proper identification?

  5. Avatar photo Janice L Gobbi says:

    What would be the best place to purchase some of these lavenders?

  6. Love the article and I was going to follow the page but I see no where to do that. I see the “Follow Us” at the top of the page and thought maybe clicking it would take me to the spot but nothing.

  7. Which of the types of lavender are good for human consumption, most web sites don’t tell you that. Thank Amber for the info at hand very interesting.

  8. I’ve set a goal to master germinating and raising different lavenders from seed. I’m pretty good at growing stuff from seed, but had tried lavenders about 6 times. Last month I was ale to germinate a few 6 packs of lavender. I’m hooked now?
    Thanks for the info on such a wide variety of lavenders. Someday I’ll have a big row of it grown from seed!

  9. I love lavender but so far haven’t been too successful growing it. I live across the bay from you (Pleasanton) so it’s hot and dry here. I’m hoping to grow a very fragrant lavender where I can harvest some for sachets etc. Very helpful article, now I just have to find the plants!

  10. Wonderful pictures for identifying the different lavenders! Thanks for helping me “remember” the name of my 3 big “Provence” plants out front. I just today cut them back to about 8 inches, which I do in March each year. I also thin the branches somewhat, as they grow so robustly each year it makes quite a tangle. Another way to treat them I learned when working for an herb grower in the Seattle area. We harvested the flowers in July and trimmed the plants hard. They quickly made neat tussocks. This only works on the West Coast, as we have dry summers, whereas the Midwest suffers from summer rainstorms and rot is a problem. I don’t know how they care for lavender on the East Coast!

  11. Avatar photo Marie Ward says:

    The editorial on the many types of lavender is very exciting! t is filled with beneficial information that will ensure a beautiful and bountiful garden that will make everyone who love the great outdoors and the world of gardening very pleased and encouraged to plant these specific things that boast colors of purple, pink, and white!

  12. Avatar photo Auntie Em says:

    That’s not ‘Hidcote’. That photo is Spanish lavender.