Not only does Lavender make a fantastic addition to your garden due to its striking architectural foliage, beautiful flowers and gorgeous scent, but it can also be beneficial to those plants around it. Companion Planting is nothing new, having been used for centuries before the invention of artificial pesticides, to keep plants healthy and strong. But with the continuing shift towards more organic gardening, companion planting is becoming more and more popular, and it is here that lavender exhibits some of additional garden benefits.
Try planting Lavender in your Vegetable Patch
Lavender’s distinctive scent can work wonders for deterring aphids, so planting lavender around carrots and leeks can confuse the nasty little blighters and send them off towards someone else’s prize veggies! Lavender can also handle some of the bigger garden pests, and has been noted to be useful in repelling both mice and rabbits. As such try edging your brassica bed with lavender. Not only does this look fantastic and make a gorgeous contrast to the pale new heads of cabbage, but it will also help to protect them and your cauliflowers from the destructive little nibblers.
Include Lavender in your Rose Garden
Lavender can look fantastic when planted in and around roses. Consider planting lavender around the base of older rose bushes that may be getting a little bare around the bottom to fill in the gaps. Lavender bushes can also act as fantastic living mulches, suppressing weeds and lightly shading the soil, keeping the rose bush roots cool and moist. Also Lavender’s pest control benefits will also apply to roses just as much as to other plants, helping to ensure that your blooms are even more perfect than usual!
Plant Lavender around Fruit Trees
Lavender can be especially useful when planted around fruit trees. Firstly its scent is said to deter the codling moth, which can cause havoc to your crop and lavender can also work wonders with deterring whitefly away from your fruit bushes. Secondly and conversely, the scent of lavender and its gorgeous blooms attract a number of excellent pollinating insects, bees and butterflies, so can aid in ensuring that you have a great crop to begin with.
Companions for Lavender
Finally let’s not forget about using Lavender itself as the main attraction and think about some other plants that make great companions to it. With its sculptural flower spikes and lush foliage, lavender makes a fantastic addition to any flower bed or herb garden. Other plants that flourish when planted along side lavender include those that also prefer classic ‘Mediterranean’ conditions i.e. sunny and dry. So when planning a herb garden, try combining Lavender with Rosemary and Oregano to create both an amazing fragrance and attractive display. Also, if you are thinking about using Lavender in a flower bed, then other sun loving blooms such as Pentas, Celosia, Rudbeckia and Cuphea will both flourish and look great.
So when you are next heading for the Garden Centre, think about all of the benefits of Lavender and why not pop a plant in your basket?