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Rural Homes and Lifestyles Clark County, WA - Love Affair with Lavender

Thursday, July 14, 2016

We sell ViewHomes of Clark County. Specifically, homes with the added joy of having nature as neighbors, and plenty of elbow room for the soul. One of the main staples of our rural gardens is lavender. It does well without a lot of fuss, plus deer and rabbits leave the plants alone – that’s a huge plus in any garden, but especially those in the country.

One of the easiest varieties to grow in the Pacific Northwest is Spanish Lavender. We have a clump of Otto Quast and is a very early bloomer – late March to October. Ironically, it’s also called French or Butterfly lavender.  It does well in hot sun and the bees and butterflies love it. The downside of this one is the scent. It smells more like a cross between lavender and rosemary, but the upside is the year-round evergreen foliage.

Along our front entrance are several clumps of English lavender. It’s delightfully aromatic and is often dried for use in sachets and decorations. There are many named varieties and they grow from 8 inches to 2 feet tall. Our plants bloom from June to September. We think this variety is actually called, “Sachet,” although, we haven’t been able to confirm it – yet.

My favorite variety is currently growing in my sister’s garden, just outside of the front slider of her and her husband’s home located on our acre plus multi-gen property. She has promised me a start of this gorgeous Dutch Mill lavender and I can’t wait to plant it. It grows on tall stems and has a delicate look, but a wonderful strong fragrance. It looks gorgeous in fresh bouquets.

Lavender prefers heat, plenty of sunshine and is drought tolerant. The worst thing you can do to a lavender plant is pour on the water. If you’re not familiar with the many varieties of lavender and its place in Northwest gardens, visit a great local resource – Scented Acres Lavender Farm.  They are located at 13804 NE 1175th Avenue in Vancouver and are open Wednesday – Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday from Noon to 5:00 PM.

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