Friday's Flowers ~ Lavender
Culinary lavender is usually English lavender, the most commonly used species in cooking (L. angustifolia 'Munstead'). It is also the type most visited by bees.
Lavender has many uses beyond the garden.If you are into aromatherapy you might try your hand at drying some for use in the home. Known for it's stress reducing effects, putting a sachet in the bedroom may bring sleep to the sleepless. Are you a culinary artist? Lavender is a treat in all courses not just desserts! If you are lucky and have lots of land, lavender can be grown as a cash crop.
‘Planting lavender - and other flowers - in city areas could help to support populations of pollinators in those habitats.’
- Easy to grow shrub
- Flowers in late spring and summer
- Evergreen foliage, usually silver-grey or grey-green
- Best planted in spring, in free-draining soil
- Thrives in full sun and is drought tolerant
- Many types are hardy, but avoid planting in cold, damp spots
- Prune annually to keep compact
- Easy to propagate from cuttings
- Leaves and flowers used for drying, eating and aromatherapy
- Flowers are very attractive to bees and other pollinating insects