Better types of lavender

  1. lavender asfragrant as it its colorful, lavender is a wonderful addition to any sunny garden or container. Use this guide to choose the best type for your conditions.
  2. It’s easy to fall in love with lavender — the plant features attractive foliage, beautiful flowers, and a great scent. Plus, it’s wonderfully resistant to drought, deer, and hungry bunnies. It’s perfect for a variety ofgarden styles, too — from Mediterranean to English cottage. The key to success is knowing which type is right for your yard. Check out some of our favorites.A Gardener's Guide to Lavender
  1. English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the most widely grown type of lavender in North America because it doesn’t mind humidity and winter moisture as much as other lavenders. It’s also the most commonly used in cooking and baking, and has a sweet, soft fragrance. English lavender, like all lavender varieties, does best in full sun and well-drained soil. The plants don’t tolerate wet or especially heavy soil.
  2. Note: English lavender isn’t from England. It picked up its common name because it’s the kind of lavender that grows best in that country’s climate. The plant is actually from the Mediterranean.
  3. ‘Hidcote’ English Lavender
  4. One of the most popular lavenders around, ‘Hidcote’ supplies silvery foliage and dark purple-blue flowers from late spring to early summer. It’s a good choice for small gardens. Want another reason to love it? ‘Hidcote’ is one of the strongest-scented varieties.
  5. Name: Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’
  6. Size: To 24 inches tall, 30 inches wide
  7. Zones: 5-8

English lavender