Pair lavender plants with other flowering shrubs, herbs and spices to make your garden complete. Lavender flowers produce a bold, yet relaxing scent along with colourful deep purple, light purple, pink and blue blooms. The texture, size and shape of the lavender plant vary, depending on the species. Select plants and herbs that compliment the colours seen on a lavender plant. Good selections include herbs with vibrant green foliage or deep purple blooms.
All types of sage can work as a companion plant for lavender. Sage produces long fragrant oblong or slender greenish-grey foliage, depending on the variety. White sage (Salvia apiana) works well in a lavender garden because this plant grows 3 to 4 feet tall, around the same size as many types of lavender. Sage is also a well-rounded cooking herb that works well with many dishes. Combine both sage and lavender in your favourite soup or use the herbs to season meat. Other good choices include Clary sage (Salvia sclarea) and Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia). Clary sage grows 2 to 3 feet tall and blooms pink and purple flowers. Russian sage grows 3 feet tall and produces purple flowers in summer and fall.
Rosemary plants complement lavender quite nicely. Traditional Rosemary (Rosemaryinus officinalis) grows 3 to 6 feet tall and this plant can work well when planted next to lavender varieties that grow more than 2 feet tall.
However, smaller species also create dimension and variety in a lavender-inspired garden. Blue Boy Rosemary grows 12 inches tall, and it looks nice planted next to the purple English lavender called Sachet. Blue Boy rosemary produces small light blue clusters of flowers. English lavender (Mitchem Gray) blends well with Blue Boy because it grows up to 20 inches tall and produces purple flowers that are slightly larger than the Blue Boy Rosemary blooms.
You can also select another type of English Lavender called Melissa to plant with different rosemary plants. Melissa lavender grows 18 to 24 inches tall and blooms pink flowers. Pink rosemary can work as a good companion plant to Melissa lavender; this type of rosemary produces deep pink blooms and grows up to 5 feet tall.
Mint plants can work well in a lavender-inspired garden. Combine mint and lavender leaves in the bath tub to create a relaxing, yet refreshing scent before taking a hot bath. Choose from sixteen different varieties of mint such as banana mint, peppermint and chocolate mint. Peppermint grows up to 2 feet tall and has both light and dark green oval-shaped foliage. Chocolate mint grows up to 2 feet tall and it has green leaves with brown-tinted foliage. The banana mint plant grows 3 feet tall and has light green, droopy foliage.
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Pansy flowers grow between one and two feet tall and work well as companion plants to lavender. Choose from more than 500 species that bloom vibrant shades of purple, pink, blue and red. Pansy flowers are about 3 inches in diameter, and each flower has small details that make the flower stand out. Small black specks grow around the centre and most pansies have a bicolour appearance with shades of light purple, periwinkle, yellow, white and deep blue.