We are enchanted with the unusual personality of this variety, which sports neat lavender ears as much as an inch long at the top of dense flower heads. Spanish Lavender is less hardy than the other varieties we offer; gardeners in colder climates are encouraged to grow it in a container and place it in a sunny, south-facing window for the winter.
Many gardeners grow Lavender for its fragrance, but the genus includes several excellent garden plants that should be more widely used for their midsummer beauty and resistance to deer, heat, and drought. The cool, gray-green foliage provides a perfect backdrop for the slender, arching flower stems. Some varieties are small, others tall, but they all prefer well-drained, sweet soil and full sun. Plant them in masses or as small hedges, and you'll find that they are attractive and useful long after the spent flowers have been clipped off.