How to Grow Lavender in the Midwest
'Hidcote' has very dark flowers on compact plants 16 inches tall and 18 inches wide. It blooms in late spring and may rebloom in the same season. Pictured: 'Hidcote Giant'
'Lady', a Zone 6 seed-grown variety (other lavenders originate as cuttings), is the only lavender to reliably bloom its first summer. So even if it isn't hardy where you live, you can grow it as an annual that reaches 16 inches tall.
'Mitcham Grey', growing about 20 inches tall and wide, is the favorite lavender of Kieran and Libbe O'Connor at Willowfield Lavender Farm in Indiana. They love its dark blue flowers and heady fragrance.
'Munstead' is an old-time favorite for its reliable early blooms. Plants, with blue-purple flowers, grow 2 feet tall and wide.
'Royal Velvet' has extra-long flower spikes (up to 3 feet tall) that hold their navy blue and lavender color well in dried arrangements.