Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas)-
Spanish lavender is one of the easiest plants to grow, they’re drought tolerant and bloom a few times a year. The extremely aromatic (antiseptic or piney smelling) evergreen, gray foliage is gorgeous all year long and sets off the purple, pink or white blooms beautifully. Purple flowers are the most common. The flowers have a “pineapple” shape to them with “rabbit ears” on the top. The colorful "ears" are sterile bracts. The foliage has a deep lavender aroma and the flowers are sweeter and spicier. the dried flowers can be used for cooking and make great potpourri. Being deer resistant makes them perfect for an herb garden border or massed as a low hedge. They flower in the spring profusely! When the flowers are spent, they need a good pruning to encourage growth and to stimulate new buds. If you do not get the buds off before they seed, they will sprout everywhere.
English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) -
English lavender is a semi-woody perennial that usually grows to 1.5-3ft tall and wide. Narrow, gray-green leaves (2 1/2” long) on square stems. Purple flowers sit on top of terminal spikes in late spring to early summer. Both foliage and flowers are highly aromatic. English lavender has been the backbone of many herb gardens for decades. Despite its common name, the English lavender is not actually from England, but it is native to the Mediterranean region. It got its name because it could grow in the English climate. This is lavender is considered to be “true lavender” and is commercially planted for harvesting its oils. English lavender flowers and foliage are popular additions to potpourris and sachets.