Lavender is a perennial plant famous for its beautiful color, striking fragrance, and immense versatility.
It is classified as part of the herb family and is used in various culinary creations, both savory and sweet, all over the world.
Furthermore, it is commonly associated with aromatherapy. Many believe that lavender promotes general well-being and a sense of calm.
Personally, I love lavender because it is a great plant to have in the garden and is extremely easy to grow and look after.
Together with its obvious aesthetic value, it is also a good choice for companion gardening.
What To Plant With Lavender?
Lavender grows well with perennial flowering plants like roses, echinacea, and alliums as it increases the likelihood of visits from bees, birds, and butterflies. Lavender also makes a wonderful companion plant to fruit trees that benefit significantly from pollinators. Herbs, too, are an excellent choice for growing with lavender.
Flowers To Grow With Lavender
Roses are a popular choice for growing with lavender, as they flower at the same time of the year, leaving one’s garden ablaze with beautiful color.
Moreover, lavender’s bush-like appearance complements the ‘legginess’ of tall roses.
Lavender and roses also enjoy similar growing conditions, although lavender is drought-resistance and therefore requires less water.
For this reason, care will need to be taken when feeding and watering these two plants in a shared bed.
Needless to say, a great benefit of lavender is that it has been known to deter aphids from attacking roses bushes.
Perennials like echinacea also make great companions to lavender. Their light and water requirements are similar, and their colors complement one another beautifully in a landscape.
Echinacea is highly drought-resistant, too, and is a huge draw for pollinators.
Alliums, like lavender, have a strong scent. When grown alongside lavender, these two plants can work together to deter pests like aphids and certain breeds of flies.
Other flowering plants to consider growing with lavender include sedum, baby’s breath, marigolds, and aster.
As companions to lavender, combinations of blooming perennials provide color, texture, shape, and overall variation to the garden.
Lavender is a fabulous backdrop shrub to any number of flowering plants.
Planting Lavender With Fruit Trees
Lavender is beneficial to fruit trees because it attracts the pollinators essential to fruit trees’ well-being. It also deters harmful pests and insects like mice, flies, and ticks.
Notably, lavender is known to repel codling moths, which can cause massive damage to fruit crops of apples and pears.
Some fruit trees, in turn, can be beneficial for the protection of lavender.
Although lavender plants love bright sunlight, they can suffer if humidity levels become too high or if they receive an excess amount of rain.
Citrus trees, in particular, form a canopy in their upper branches, providing shelter for their purple friends.
Lavender returns the favor by chasing away whiteflies and other citrus-attacking pests.
Herbs To Grow With Lavender
Herbs that enjoy hot, sunny, and bright environments will fare very well with lavender. Sage, thyme, basil, rosemary, oregano, and marjoram enjoy the same growing conditions.
Well-draining soil is a must, as is sufficient space between the plants.
Indeed, lavender and herbs work well together because they are mutually beneficial. Basil and oregano, in particular, can serve as guardians to lavender by repelling aphids and certain fly breeds.
Lavender’s scent, in turn, keeps away other harmful pests like moths, as well as larger animals like rabbits and deer.
Furthermore, lavender provides a gorgeous splash of color to the herb garden, but it also complements herbal aromas with its prominent scent.
What Companion Planting Is
Companion planting is a method whereby plants that benefit from one another are grown in close proximity.
One advantage of companion planting is that it encourages beneficial insects to visit the plants, as well as repelling unwanted pests.
Secondly, it can improve nutrients in the soil and thereby promote more significant and faster growth.
Plants that are chosen as companions to one another generally enjoy the same growing conditions.
Thirdly, when certain plants are grown together, they can add picturesque aesthetics to a landscape while simultaneously providing one another with advantageous ground cover or shade.
Frequently Asked Questions About What To Plant With Lavender
Should I plant lavender in my vegetable garden?
The vegetables that benefit most from proximity to lavender are brassicas like cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, and kale. Lavender repels white moths, which pose a risk to these vegetables by laying eggs on their leaves. Vegetables that require intense watering, like beetroots, carrots, peppers, and squash, will not strictly be good for drought-resistant lavender, which prefers intermittent phases of moist and dry soil.
What are the ideal growing conditions for lavender?
Lavender is extremely easy to grow and enjoys full sun and well-draining soil. One should, however, be mindful of not planting them too close together. A distance of 1.5 to 3ft (45 – 90cm) is ideal for allowing sufficient airflow between the plants, preventing diseases.
Should I prune my lavender plants?
Lavender plants benefit from pruning as it promotes new growth, keeps them neat and tidy, and encourages them to bloom. Ideally, lavender should be pruned three times per season, one in spring as new growth starts to emerge, and after each respective bloom in summer and fall.
Lavender is such a versatile, beautiful, and hardy plant that it’s easy to see why it does well in a companion planting scenario with a number of different species and plants.
The important thing to remember is that plants that enjoy the same conditions grow well together, so make sure to research their preferences when setting out your beds.
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