Lavender is a very fragrant herb with small purple flowers that attract bees. Dense-growing lavender is an adaptable plant and works well with many other species, including roses and other highly fragrant flowers. Lavender is a good companion to garden plants that attract deer, as it is a natural deer repellent.
Lavender as a Disguise
Lavender grows tall and busy and makes a good cover. Grow lavender around unsightly fixtures or to fill in empty spots in your landscaping. Lavender and roses are a good match, because lavender hides the roses' spindly legs.
Lavender in the Garden
Lavender is a highly fragrant herb that adds color, height and its distinctive scent to your garden. Pair lavender with other highly fragrant flowers and herbs, such as roses or mint. Lavender also makes a cut flower and does well planted with other such flowers in a cutting garden. Try planting lavender with a juniper bush or a collection of salvia plants.
Deer Resistance and Insect Repelling
Lavender plants repel both deers as well as fleas and moths. Plant lavender near plants that are prone to being eaten by deer, such as your vegetable garden. Lavender planted near or underneath fruit trees repels coddling moths. In addition, lavender attracts beneficial insects that pollinate other plants. Dried lavender will repel moths inside your home if you place sachets inside drawers or storage containers.
A Lavender Collection
Lavender comes in many shades, from pale pink to dark purple. A collection of lavender, grown in a raised bed, turns part of your yard into an ornamental, yet functional, garden. Different varieties come to maturity at different times, allowing for a constant supply of cut flowers and dried lavender for your home.