Tips for Growing, Cooking and Decorating with Lavender
Decorate with lavender
These pretty picks thrive as fresh and dried displays. Left to right in picture:
‘Hidcote’ One of the toughest English lavenders, velvety deep-purple ‘Hidcote’ is tops for crafting because the buds stay on stems. “It dries intensely blue,” says Linda Longworth of Lavender Hill Farms in Boyne City, Michigan.
‘Folgate’ This graceful, long-stemmed English lavender looks gorgeous in fresh arrangements. “It has such a nice periwinkle color,” says Mary Hamer of Loess Hills Lavender Farm in Missouri Valley, Iowa. “It’s one of my favorites.”
‘Coconut Ice’ For soft pink color that fades to white, select unique ‘Coconut Ice’ English lavender. Stems have a silver-green hue. Mix it with other lavenders for a multicolor bouquet. An upright growing habit makes it great as a container planting, too.
‘Royal Purple’ Retaining its color long after drying, ‘Royal Purple’ English lavender works well for crafts and wreaths. And its extra-pleasing aroma makes it a good choice for satchets to scent clothing. (The darker the buds, the stronger the aroma.)