On a warm, summer day, it doesn’t get much better than inhaling the intoxicating aroma of a lavender plant. If you’re considering growing lavender in your garden, you’ve got some decisions to make. Beyond where to plant your lavender, you need to choose the types of lavender you wish to bring home—there are more than 450 named lavender varieties or cultivars, and new ones are being discovered all the time.
The best variety of lavender plants for your home will depend upon both the growing conditions you can offer and the effect you want to achieve in your garden. After all, lavender comes in a wide range of habits, sizes and bloom colors. Here are 10 lavender varieties worthy of your consideration.
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Betty’s Blue’. This is the best lavender for lavender wreaths. The deep blue color is spellbinding, and the flower heads hold together well for drying.
angustifolia ‘Buena Vista’. This lavender plant, which blooms through the summer, is a wonderful tool in the kitchen. Its flowers are a rich purple, and its scent is particularly sweet.
angustifolia ‘Folgate’. Capable of withstanding cold weather, ‘Folgate’ is one of the earliest bloomers with soft periwinkle blue flowers. Plus, it has a tight bloom habit that looks fantastic year-round.
angustifolia ‘Melissa’. A sweet scent accompanies this pink lavender variety. It is also a great lavender to use when making your favorite lavender-infused treats in the kitchen.
angustifolia ‘Purple Bouquet’. The best thing about this long-stemmed lavender variety, which offers a rich, eye-pleasing, deep-purple color, is that it blooms twice during the season.
angustifolia ‘Royal Purple’. A perfect focal point in the garden, as well as an excellent choice for a hedge, ‘Royal Purple’ produces light purple flowers on long stems by the hundreds!
angustifolia ‘Royal Velvet’. With its long stems and velvety flowers, ‘Royal Velvet’ is one of the best lavender picks for crafts.
×chaytorae ‘Ana Luisa’. With purple blooms and silvery foliage, this lavender can manage even in summers with high humidity. Choose this plant if you live in a warm, humid area, as it can withstand the higher humidity.
×intermedia ‘Gros Bleu’. The scent of this variety is light and clean. Plus, the plant offers rich, handsome color on long stems.
×intermedia ‘Grosso’. Because this lavender emits a strong aroma, it is a popular choice for sachets and potpourri.