Lavender is an herb with a multitude of uses: fresh and dried bouquets, culinary, landscaping, distilling for essential oil, aromatherapy, making crafts such as wreaths and lavender wands, the list goes on and on. There are many different cultivars and species of lavender and they come in a myriad of flower shapes and colors. They are excellent pollinator plants and bees are especially fond of them.
Requirements: All lavender will perform best in full sun with well-draining soil. Most are deer resistant and drought tolerant once established.
Perhaps the most valued species of lavender for it's multitude of uses. They are by far the best for culinary purposes and make some of the highest quality oils. The flowers come in different shades of purple, pink or white and the shrubs typically have a more compact growth habit compared to L x intermedia and L x chaytorae which is often ideal for landscaping.
A natural occurring hybrid complex also known as lavandin. This is one of the most cultivated and widely grown of the lavenders and dominates the world's lavender oil production. Comparatively, the oil is of lesser quality than L. angustifolia due to the higher camphor content, but yields are noticeably higher due to their larger flower spikes and overall plant size. Their robust growth habits and long flower stems make them a great choice for landscaping, crafts and large bouquets. Lavandin flowers come in many shades of blues, purples and white.
A hybrid cross between L. angustifolia and L. lanata. It was first discovered in the U.K. in the mid 1980s. They are defined by their soft, silver-gray foliage which contrasts well with their bright purple flowers. They make an excellent choice for ornamental or hedging purposes, especially in hot, dry environments. The long stems are great for bouquets and crafts, such as lavender wands. Some cultivars are proving to make quality oil plants for perfumery. So far, all of the × chaytorae cultivars have proven hardy in the Pacific Northwest.
Also known as Butterfly lavender or Spanish lavender, this was the first Lavandula to be recognized in the plant world. This species can be traced back to the Roman Empire where they originally added it to bath waters for medicinal purposes. The strongly scented flowers and foliage are commonly used for essential oils, bouquets and potpourri. They are edible, but aren't typically consumed due to the high camphor content. L. stoechas (and the many hybrids) make excellent landscaping plants due to their long blooming period. They are pollinator magnets that attract bees, butterflies and the occasional hummingbird.
Our collection of different lavender species from around the world. They all have unique attributes such as different foliage, flowers or scents compared to the typical lavender you may be familiar with. They are all pollinator attractants and each species has different uses. Some of these species may require winter protection in our PNW climate, and do well as houseplants. Also, while some species can get rather large they have all proven to do well in containers for us.
'Blue Mountain White'
'Carolyn Dille' (Sleeping Beauty)
'Clarmo' (Little Lottie)
'Irene Doyle' (Two Seasons)
'McKenzie River Purple'
'New Zealand Blue'
'Seal's Seven Oaks'
'Susan Belsinger' (Short n' Sweet)
'Tucker's Early Purple'
'Willow Pond Dwarf'
Lavandula × intermedia
'Bleu de Collines'
'Dowannibouq' (Anniversary Bouquet®)
'Fat Spike Grosso'
Lavandula × chaytorae
'Kathleen Elizabeth' (Silverfrost)
Lavandula stoechas & hybrids
'Wings of Night'
Lavandula stoechas ssp. stoechas f. leucantha
Lavandula stoechas ssp. stoechas f. rosea 'Peter's Pink'
Lavandula species & hybrids
Lavandula × christiana
Lavandula × ginginsii 'Goodwin Creek Gray'
Lavandula × losae
Lavandula buchii var. buchii
Lavandula dentata (French Lavender)
Lavandula dentata var. candicans (Gray French Lavender)