Spanish Lavender

Attract pollinators to your garden to increase your harvests with the fabulous fragrance and flowers of Spanish Lavender. Not only do bees and butterflies adore lavender, but it’s also a delicious addition to recipes. Use it on roasts, mix it with thyme, savory, and rosemary to create Herbs de Provence, add it to lemonade, infuse water with it for tea, or create confections with the edible flowers. Plus, the beautiful purple blooms look lovely in homegrown bouquets. The unique flowers and silvery, heat-tolerant foliage make a stunning container planting. Grow a bit of soothing aromatherapy in your garden!

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Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available in your local area, due to different variables in certain regions. Also, if any variety is a limited, regional variety it will be noted on the pertinent variety page.

At a glance

Light requirements: Full sun.

Planting: Space 12 to 20 inches apart, depending on variety. (See listing above or check stick tag that comes with the plant for specific spacing recommendations.)

Soil requirements: Lavender demands well-drained soil with a pH of 6.7 to 7.3. To improve soil drainage, add builder’s sand or small limestone gravel, or tuck plants into raised beds or atop a stone wall.

Water requirements: Lavender prefers drier soil. Heavy, wet soil, especially in winter, can kill plants.

Frost-fighting plan: Lavender is perennial in some zones; see listing above for specific zones. Hardier English lavender can tolerate temperatures as low as 23° F.

Common issues: Lavender thrives in heat, but humidity can lead to fungus issues in some varieties. Plant where air circulation is good, and thin plants as you harvest blooms or stems. Add rock mulch to enhance moisture evaporation beneath plants. Lavender is generally pest-free.

Harvesting: Pick lavender leaves and stems at any point in the growing season. Best color occurs before buds open; fragrance strengthens as flowers mature. Avoid creating bare spots when clipping.

Storage: Dried lavender retains its fragrance for months. Fresh stems last in water five to seven days. For longer storage, dry or freeze leaves.

For more information, visit the Lavender page in our How to Grow section.