Lavender has compact, narrow foliage on multiple slender stems arising from a central focus. The colour of the flower has become a descriptive adjective - a unique shade of pale purple - Lavender. The flowers are elongated spurs; clusters of many tiny florets close to the stem.
Start lavender indoors in January, February, or March. Sprinkle seeds on a wet paper towel and fold it. Place it in a plastic bag and put it on top of the refrigerator for warmth. In 4 or 5 days place the germinated seeds 2 inches (5cm) apart in flats in a sunny window. Keep moist by misting. Plant the seedlings outdoors in spring in a location receiving full sun. Though a perennial, Lavender is not winter hardy in most parts of Canada. Hardy in Zones 4 and 5. Dry, sandy, well drained soil with pH 7.1 (alkaline). Full sun and free circulation of air.
Native to the Mediterranean, Lavender makes a lovely and aromatic border plant for pathways and edging. Suitable for herb gardens and low hedges. Both the leaves and the flowers are very fragrant. Dried flowers are favorites for potpourris.