Potpourri and sachets often include lavender for its heady aroma. Lavender also contains healing antiseptic properties and is often used as a calming herb. English lavender, also referred to as true lavender, is the only one of four species of lavender plants suitable for planting in part shade.
English lavender is a small perennial that grows to an average of 1.5 feet high and 1.5 feet wide. Its grey-green speckled leaves give off a sweet scent when compressed. The plant produces dense violet-blue, lavender, blue-purple or white-pink flowers that branch up from the foliage in thin stalks. The blooms are extremely aromatic and appear in late June and last until the beginning of August.
English lavender is most commonly grown as a perennial herb by nurseries that specialise in lavender to be sold in herb form or compressed into a lavender essential oil. The plant is sometimes grown as a perennial landscape shrub with semi-woody twigs that grow thicker and tougher as it matures. This plant is a member of the mint family and thrives when it is cut back before partially after it blooms before its dormancy period in the winter months.
English lavender requires fairly rich soil that drains well to help deep root growth that protects the plant during the cold winter months. The plant is reproduced by stem cuttings and seeds. While generally lavender grows in full sun, it is viable in part shade.