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Plants That Complement Lavender

By Kathleen Sonntag ; Updated September 21, 2017

The relaxing scent of lavender makes it a popular addition to the home garden. The flower spikes attract bees and butterflies. Lavender plants grow in sunny areas and need well-drained soil. Tall varieties like Jean Davis make good hedges and background plantings. Low-growing varieties like English lavender can be placed along a walkway in front of taller plants.

Plants that complement lavender need the same growing environment and have foliage and flowers that mix well with the gray-green stalks of most lavenders. Evergreen shrubs and flowers that add color and softer texture are good choices.


Upright rosemary is a good choice for planting with lavender. It has dark green foliage, small purple flowers and a wonderful fragrance. The dark green leaves provide contrast for the grayish lavender foliage. It will look good when the lavender dies back after blooming.


Ornamental grasses add movement and softness to a garden with lavender plants. Purple and green fountain grasses provide attractive contrast with the gray-green woody spikes of lavender.

Spring Flowering Bulbs

Bulbs placed in front of tall lavender shrubs add spring color while the lavender starts to come back after winter dormancy. Daffodils and crocus are also good additions between low-growing lavenders.

Annual and Perennial Flowers

Any sun-loving flowers look good planted in front of tall lavender plants or between low-growing lavenders. Select white flowers like alyssum. Goldenrod with its tall yellow flowers complements the lavender flower spikes.


About the Author


Kathleen Sonntag lives in Carmel, California, where she is a writer, teacher and editor. She is a Master Gardener and writes articles for gardening publications. Sonntag has written and edited reading test passages and has edited children's books, cookbooks and memoirs. Her articles appear on GardenGuides.com. Sonntag holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley.