Lavender makes a stunning addition to borders and perennial gardens, providing sweeping drifts of color from early summer into autumn. With its silvery-green foliage, upright flower spikes and compact shrub-like form, lavender is ideal for creating informal hedges.
Bees love lavender. This fragrant herb provides nectar for foraging bees from spring and through summer. From personal observation, they seem to like both English lavender and French lavender and hybrids. However, although it appears honey bees like lavender (and will certainly visit it), research suggests it is more popular with bumble bees than honey bees. Indeed, research from the University of Sussex found that bumble bees, with their longer tongues, are better adapted than honey bees to extract the nectar from the tubular shaped flowers.