Lavender, loved for its fragrant flowers and more

Lavender is a favorite perennial for many reasons, but none so much for the fragrance it gives. It has fragrant purple flowers that bloom in their dense spikes during the summer. They are wonderful to plant in beds, borders, containers and as a hedge The plant is hardy in zones 5-9.

Some have used lavender to flavor vinegars, desserts and jellies. I have seen cookies as well as scones using lavender as an ingredient.

Of course, we see lavender in soaps and potpourris and dried flower arrangements. You can find them used in candles, air fresheners, and even as a fragrant washing water for household cleaning.

It happens to repel moths and flies, an added bonus. They look lovely in floral arrangements and wreaths, etc. A very versatile and enjoyable herb for sure.