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I love the smell of lavender. This hardy herb can add fragrance and beauty to your garden. Here are the best lavender companion plants to grow alongside this popular purple plant.
Companion Planting Basics
When growing plants near each other, make sure they all have similar conditions to grow in. This includes needing the same amount of water, sun, soil, and type of fertilizer.
You wouldn’t want to grow a succulent, who needs little water but lots of sun, with a hydrangea, who needs more water and can grow in shade, for example.
Lavender needs full sun, about 6 to 9 hours of sunshine daily. Lavender does not need much water and grows best when ignored.
Benefits of Companion Planting
Lavender makes a great companion plant because it can keep garden pests away due to its strong scent. Lavender, as well as most of the companion plants below, can attract pollinators to your garden.
By combining both to attract pollinators and keep pests away, both plants can grow strong and healthy.
Companion Plants with Lavender
Below are the best lavender companion plants. Grow some with lavender so that they all can reap the benefits of each other!
By far, roses make the best companion plants to lavender. Both smell great and are beautiful to admire from the garden. Lavender also looks striking as a plant to grow next to rose bushes.
The best roses to grow with lavender are floridbunda roses and rose shrubs. No matter what kind of rose plant you choose to pair with lavender, pink contrasts well with the purple herb.
You can learn about these and other roses in my Growing Roses post.
Echinacea are also known as coneflowers. They bloom bright colors and look similar to daisies. Echinacea love being left alone and are equally enjoyed by butterflies, bees, and birds.
Yarrow flowers bloom in many colors and are a favorite of pollinators. It is easy to care for and does not require much water, making it a great companion plant for lavender.
Black Eyed Susan
Black eyed Susans also go by the name Rudbeckia hirta. It loves the sun and blooms beautiful yellow flowers with chocolate centers that look similar to daisies.
Gallardia is also referred to as the blanket flower. It has bright, orange, daisy looking flowers that contrast well with purple lavender.
Sedum, or stonecrop, can be enjoyed for over 6 months. They grow up to 2 feet high and bloom tiny flowers in pink, white, or red, based on the kind you get. Pollinators love these flowers too!
Alliums have a strong smell like lavender, so growing both can bring plenty of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to your garden. Both plants can also keep unwanted garden pests away.
Herbs to Grow with Lavender
There are also some herbs that make great companion plants to lavender. It is not uncommon to have a section in a garden or pot filled with a variety of herbs. Herbs that make great lavender companion plants include:
Types of Lavender
There are several types of lavender you can choose to plant with other flowers. There are over 30 species of lavender grown all over the world Types of lavender that are popular to grow include:
Talk to a gardener at your local nursery to find out what kind of lavender grows best in your area.
Lavender Companion Plant Care
Lavender needs dry soil to grow well. Lavender grows best in Plant Hardiness Zones 5-9, although some varieties can withstand colder northern climates.
Make sure each plant has plenty of room to grow. Leave extra space in your garden area, or purchase a container that is larger than both the lavender and companion plant.
Soil needs to be well draining. Give your plants plenty of water until they are established. Lavender does not need to be fertilized, so make sure the plant you are growing with it needs little to no fertilizer as well so they both grow well.
Lavender plants love the sun, enjoy dry soil, and generally grow best when ignored. Make sure the specific plant you grow next to your lavender likes the same for successful companion planting.
The Best Lavender Companion Plants
The above plants make great lavender garden companion plants. Do you grow any of these plants in your garden with lavender? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!