Thursday, April 30, 2009

Foolproof Flower Gardening ~ #7

Drought tolerant, highly fragrant and easily grown - you can't go wrong with lavender. And you don't even have to fertilize it. This native of the Mediterranean region will bloom all year in temperate climates. It grows well with other plants that thrive on low water and works well at the middle or back of a flower border. Although the blossoms aren't too great for bouquets, they are easily collected for sachets or potpourri or for homemade soaps.

Home garden centers usually carry three varieties - English lavender (pictured), French lavender and Spanish lavender. All have a distinctive gray-green foliage and purplish blue flowers that are subtle and mix well with more fiery oranges and yellows. The foliage has a tendency to get unruly, so after a strong bloom, trim the greenery back to keep it tamed.

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