Lavender is renowned for its dreamy fragrance and romantic aesthetic. It’s stunning when planted in large swaths, and it’s easy to dry for bouquets or sachets. (Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that pollinators, such as butterflies and bees, love it.) It’s also incredibly versatile in different types of settings because it is the ideal bloom to include for companion planting—when you grow two plants close together so one (or both) can benefit from the other—but more on that later.
Whether you have a tiny balcony or a rambling country cottage garden, you can grow lavender, which thrives in both containers and garden beds. Just make sure it has full sun, which is six or more hours of direct sunlight per day. And don’t let it get too soggy, which makes lavender more vulnerable to disease.
Here’s everything else you need to know about what to plant with lavender and how to grow the plant so it thrives in your yard.