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I love it. It is a plant that I have been growing during most of my gardening career, starting with the first herb plants I tucked into my city lot garden. It was in that garden on Glen Echo Drive that I discovered how perfectly paired English lavender (Lavender vera) and dark purple petunias (Purple Sails, at that time) could be in a summer garden.

Dark purple petunias, not only for their velvety lush color, but because they have much more of the petunia fragrance that mixes intoxicatingly with lavender's fresh scent. Petunias are part of the Solanaceae family of plants, which include Nicotiana, another very fragrant planting that can make a trio of scent for summer days.

But it is the Lavender that is the perennial anchor, giving freely of its flowers through a long , and sometimes repeating bloom. I liked it so well I made a hedge of it lining my front walkway. During our winters, it has sometimes suffered damage and need replacing, but learning to make new plants of cuttings offset that liability.

Make new lavender plants from cuttings.


In the newer sensibility of growing edible landscapes, our view of many herb garden plants could be transformed into seeing them for their landscape beauty and use more of them as such.


I wrote a Squidoo lens on growing lavender to accompany the other articles that advocate this favorite plant of mine. One reason I enjoy Squidoo lenses is because they are a sort of celebration of a topic. While here on the Garden Journal, and in my garden website, I might just write on cultivating lavender and describing how to choose growing companions, in the lens I have recipes for lavender flavored cookies... and art featuring lavender. It is just one more way to have fun learning about plants. And don't get me started about Pinterest! I've only skimmed the surface on that site, but it is so much fun to make pinboards. Oh dear, I've veered off topic....

If you are not yet acquainted with the Lavender, this might be the year of introduction.

Check out the Lavender topics:
Grow Fragrant Lavender
Pruning Lavender Videos
Lavender Plant Profile

La Bell Provencale I
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And a botanical painting by a favorite Botanical artist, Elizabeth Blackwell:

 Lavender Spike, Plate from Herbarium Blackwellianum by the Artist, 1757
Lavender Spike,...
Elizabeth ...
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© 2012 written for Ilona's Garden Journal. An excellent blog.

About Ilona Erwin

Blogging since 2003, writing about a lifelong love of gardening since 1998, I am now surprised to find myself extending into photography and creating digital art! I find it hard to pick a favorite plant or style, I love them all.
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1 comment:

Kristi said...

I love lavender. I have some seeds in the fridge right now, hoping it will help the germination rate. I never thought to try propagating from cutting, but will try it out.

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