The beauty and versatility of English Lavender Plants

Majority of plant hobbyists and gardeners attest to the fact that English lavender plant as a very sweet smelling plant variety that can make any garden lovely.

Scientifically, English lavender plants are termed as Lavandula angustifolia. It is regularly called lavender because of the rich purple color of the flowers. English lavender plants belong to the mint family and known as an evergreen shrub. Having said that, lavender is widely-known as an herb than as a perennial shrub that produces woody-stems. Truth is, people from different cultures value the English lavender as an aromatic herb that can be utilized for cooking or simply as an oil extract that can relieve headaches. As compared to French lavender (which is another kind of lavender), the English lavender is more sturdy and can grow in cold climates. Because of this, French lavender is only raised in regions that have humid climates like Africa and the Mediterranean. The English lavender has certain distinct characteristics. First, this plant can reach between 2 to 3 feet in height. The English lavender also has a certain color which is lilac blue as compared to the pale color of some lavender varieties. Likewise, the leaves are narrow and grayish green in color but some variation can still happen because these plants easily cross-pollinate.

The English lavender is a favorite since it has many uses. First, an oil extract of lavender is typically used for aromatherapy which can really be soothing.

The truth is,lavender is known for promoting a restful sleep which is why lavender soaps and powder are sold commercially. In some occasions, the English lavender can be used for culinary purposes. Many homes have air dried English lavender scents because they hang dried flowers in some parts of the house that are well-ventilated. As a consequence, the scent ventilates around the house creating a very pleasing ambiance.

If you are interested in propagating lavender, remember that they only grow on alkaline and sandy soil with much sunlight.

These plants does not need much watering which makes it a good choice for rock gardens. If you put it in a garden with marigolds, they perfectly complement the bright flowers creating a beautiful garden. This is the reason why English lavender is a favorite among plant growers.