English lavender, also known as True or Common lavender, can be characterized by its dark or light purple colour and fresh, aromatic scent. We all likely think of purple when we think of lavender’s colour, however, some of the hybrid forms of this plant are available in colours like white, pink, and violet-blue.
Planting English Lavender is easy to care for in the right conditions, and is best planted in the spring in hardy zones 5-8 – perfect for us here in the Lower Mainland. English Lavender typically grows two to three feet tall and due to their scent, these plants are great for keeping deer and other pests away. To see this type of lavender thrive, it’s best to make sure it is planted in soil that is a bit sandy and has great drainage.
Making the Most of Your English Lavender
English Lavender would make a great addition to herb or rock gardens, even as garden borders, but one of its most common uses is as a culinary herb for cooking. It is rich in fragrance and can add a sweet flavour to dishes, beverages, sweets, and so much more.
So, if you’re looking for something to do with your English lavender from your garden, try incorporating it into a recipe or two for a rich, lovely flavour. It’ll feel all the more rewarding knowing that it’s coming from something in your very own garden!
Lavender also looks great in fresh cut bouquets!