Lavender brings to mind images of quaint English cottages with rose arbors and herb wheels in the side garden. It can be grown in the herb garden with other herb plants, in kitchen gardens mixed with leafy greens and tomatoes, in perennial beds or as an accent plant all to itself. The best way to grow lavender is to border it by plants that highlight its beauty.
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
The blooms of feverfew look wonderful against the gray-green of lavender plants. Feverfew blooms profusely from spring to fall in most areas. Cutting it back by 6 to 8 inches in mid-summer will bring on a new flush of blooms.
Gypsophylla 'Snowflake' (Gypsophylla paniculata)
Gypsophylla is commonly known as Baby's Breath. The tiny white blooms, lacy appearance and shade tolerance makes it a perfect companion to lavender.
Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
Hollyhocks are an heirloom flower found in almost all cottage gardens. The rainbow of colors offered by this old time favorite will add color when the lavender is not in bloom. Hollyhocks will also add height to the garden. They reseed readily.
Miniature Roses (Rosa)
Micro-mini roses are lovely when planted at the base of a lavender hedge. Roses like 'Cinderella' add depth to a bed of lavender by filling in the space at ground level while adding different color to the area. Cinderella has small white blooms with a bit of pale pink coloring. When mature, it is 12 inches tall and wide. 'Little Emma' has small double yellow flowers and vivid green leaves. It blooms well into fall and would contrast well with the blue-purple color of the lavender flowers. This miniature rose grows to 15 inches tall and 12 inches wide. 'Baby Cecile Brunner' micro-mini rose has tiny 1-inch baby-pink flowers on a 12-inch bush.
Veronica (Veronica spicata)
Veronica (Veronica spicata) can be used to create a monochromatic look in the garden. The blue-purple flower spikes open on 18-inch plants from May until temperatures warm above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
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