Companion planting is an easy and effective way to enhance your garden. According to Kellogg garden, companion plants help each other to grow or protect from pests and diseases. Lavender companion plants are also planned for this purpose.
Since lavender is pests repellent it’s often planted along with vegetables or fruits. However, lavender is also an ornamental plant, planted with other colorful flowers to give a contrasting look.
Here, I listed plants you can grow along with lavender for an attractive garden. These plants have the same requirement as lavender, planting them together will cause no harm.
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Lavender companion plants
Lavender plant is very specific to their requirements. It needs full sun, average soil, and little or no fertilizer. If you plant them along with a plant that needs more attention, one of them may suffer. Read our guide on how to grow and care for lavender plants indoors and outdoors
Below are some lavender companion plants that have some requirements:
Coneflowers are perennials that produce large blooms.
This North American native flower is bright which belongs to the daisy family. The plant grows 2 to 4 feet in height with dark color foliage.
Cornflowers are found in many varieties and cultivars which are different in shapes, sizes, and colors. Its bloom comes in mid-summer and lasts throughout fall.
This is a low-maintenance plant and becomes drought tolerant. It is more deer-resistant than most of the flowers. You can grow echinacea easily in the garden. For more information read out guide on how to grow echinacea from seeds.
You can plant a coneflower companion with lavender. They both have the same growing requirement. However, both plants grow taller in height. If you’re planting in the garden, plant at least 8 inches apart, their roots need to spread deeper.
You cannot plant Coneflower or Echinacea with lavender in pots or containers. Coneflower is a tall and big blooming plant, it usually does not grow well in containers.
Lavender and coneflower both have sweet fragrances that attract pollinators, plant them near fruits to get benefits of pollination. Also, lavender will protect crops from pests whereas cornflower will resist deer.
Aster and cornflower both belong to the daisy family. So their growing requirements are mostly similar.
But, aster has different characteristics. It is a small blooming plant that is found in multiple colors, sizes, and shapes and blooms in late summer to early fall.
Asters come in different sizes. Some varieties or cultivars can grow 1 – 4 feet in height and some can stay as short as 6 inches.
There are approx. 250 types of aster, which gives you a large variety of choices. This gives you the option to choose according to your needs.
If you want to plant in pots or containers, go with small varieties. In the garden, you can plant both small and large ones.
Aster makes a great combination with lavender. You can plant both of them in the same container or pot. They also look great in the garden.
Both lavender and aster attract pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Sedum is a perennial that has clusters of star-shaped flowers, succulent leaves, and fleshy stems.
This hardy plant is found in many varieties, mainly in Low-growing Sedum and Upright Sedum.
Low-growing Sedums spread along the ground, thriving only a few inches (or less) in height. This type is great to plant in rock or cascading down a stone wall.
Upright Sedums grow taller, they tend to grow in clusters, producing tiny masses of flowers.
These varieties’ height and beautiful flowers make them good companion plants of lavender. You can plant them in a garden bed or border garden.
False Blue indigo (Baptisia australis)
You will not find any true blue-colored plant except blue indigo.
It is an American native plant that is known for its beauty. In fact, earlier, Europeans used to pay America to grow true blue indigo plants, for the dye they made from blue color.
However, true blue indigo was expensive, and Baptisia makes a simple dye as costly as a weed.
So, they start using false blue indigo. This variety grows to its full height in a year, plants started from seeds take only three to four years to bloom. Also in the last frost, it’s optimal to transplant seedlings outside.
False indigo is a bright shrubby plant with trifoliate blue-green leaves and peas-like blooms. It is a long live plant with colorful flower spikes, its seed pods and foliage are diseases and pest free.
Indigo plants are good lavender companions. They both have the same growing requirement.
You might not need to make dye from blue indigo, but planting it in the garden gives an appealing look.
Its light-blue bloom looks stunning with lavenders. Plant them side-by-side with a gap of eight inches and they will reward you with awesome bloom in the spring to fall season every year.
Baby’s breath plant (Gypsophila spp.)
Baby’s breath is a popular floral plant. There are more than 100 species of the annual and perennial that vary in appearance.
Some species have a creeping growth habit, forming attractive ground cover flowering. Whereas some grow in an upright direction and mound themself with extensive branching of a slender stem.
Baby’s breath plant has narrow leaves that are gray-green or blue-green in color. The blooms are tiny, five petals and white or pink in color, it lasts for several weeks.
This plant is known to attract many pollinators such as bees and butterflies. It is a fast-growing plant that should be planted in the early spring after all danger of frost has passed.
Planting a baby’s breath companion with lavender gives a classic look. They do not bother each other when planted nearby and make a good combination of purple and white blooms.
Drought tolerant Roses
As you can guess from the name, drought-tolerant roses are hardy in nature and can survive in tough conditions.
You can simply plant and forget them, a perfect lavender companion plant. As we know lavender also does not need much care.
Rose and lavender are some of the most effective and timeless plant pairings in horticulture.
Plant drought-tolerant roses along with lavender. You can plant them in containers, garden beds, or border gardens with eight inches of distance.
However, pick the rose variety that is drought tolerant and grows in a similar condition as lavender. If you plant care-taking roses that need water frequently, one of them might suffer.
Growing roses and lavender together will also provide flower cuttings that can be used to decorate the house.
Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme
Mediterranean herbs like rosemary, sage, and thyme are excellent companion plants for lavender. These plants have sweet fragrant and colorful flowers that look great with lavender plants. You can plant rosemary and lavender side by side in the garden, borders, garden beds, and containers. Gowing Rosemary is a bit tricky, here is a guide on how to grow rosemary plants easily.
Lavender companion plants vegetables
Plant lavender companion with vegetables to protect from pests. However, there is a danger of powdery mildew if planted near vegetables. Powdery mildew is common to plant disease. Learn how to get rid of powdery mildew on plants in detail. if don’t have time bookmark it to read after some time.
Brassicas family vegetables such as Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli are also suitable to grow along with lavender. Learn how to grow broccoli in pots or containers indoors and outdoors easily.
Lavender attracts beneficial insects and pollinators like bees and butterflies, which helps in pollination. Beneficial insects like ladybugs, eat tiny pests like aphids and spider mites and protect vegetables. Learn how to get rid of aphids on plants naturally.
Did I Miss Anything?
Now I’d like to hear from you: which lavender companion plant from today’s post are you going to try first? Or maybe, I didn’t mention your favorite plant. Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.
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