Purple lavender, standing tall and proud, is a beautiful Mediterranean plant. Used for centuries for medicinal and beauty purposes, and with a myriad of applications in the kitchen and home, lavender should be in every natural living enthusiast’s garden. Here’s why:
1. It’s Hardy and Easy to Grow
In general, lavender is a hardy plant that doesn’t require a whole lot of care once established. It thrives in sunshine and dry soil, so under watering or drought isn’t an issue for this stunning flower.
There are several varieties of lavender so make sure you choose one that’s right for your climate.
2. For its Scent
Aside from the fact that it’s easy to grow, lavender is an incredibly aromatic flower with a soothing scent, and fantastic blue-violet buds. Once you get a whiff of a fresh lavender plant you’ll understand why its oil is a common ingredient in soaps, shampoos and scented sachets.
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3. To Repel Mosquitoes, Flies, Fleas and Moths
Planting lavender in the garden is a great choice for those who are mosquito magnets! Unlike humans – who tend to be drawn to the soothing scent of lavender – mosquitoes are repulsed by it.
Using lavender’s natural repelling powers is far safer than rubbing DEET on your skin. Even the Environmental Protection Agency says you should wash DEET off your skin once indoors, wash treated clothing before wearing, avoid breathing it in or spraying it directly on your face.
Lavender’s aroma will also keep flies, fleas and moths at bay.
4. To Attract Pollinators
While winged pests won’t want to set up shop near your lavender plant, all manner of beneficial insects will – such as butterflies and bees.
With our global bee population in decline – something which could have devastating and far reaching consequences for the planet – it is vital that we attract and protect these invaluable species. What’s more, they’ll work hard to pollinate your flowers and plants ensuring a colorful and buzzing garden for years to come.