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Lavender is a beautiful and fragrant plant that you can add to your garden to help attract bees and other pollinators and use to get lavender oil if you would like. If you are planting lavender you will usually be picking from the two most commonly planted lavender types: English Lavender or French Lavender. And you may be wondering what plants grow well with lavender? When planting lavender in your home garden it is a good idea to use lavender as a companion plant to your other crops. In this article, we go over the companion plants for lavender you can use to help gain complimentary benefits to your lavender and other crops in your garden.
Lavender plants require full sunlight and do not require much water. It can attract beneficial pollinators to any garden and deter unwanted pests away (like mice, ticks, and moths) from a garden. Lavender is drought resistant, therefore when choosing a companion plant for lavender it is best to make sure the neighboring plants have the same water requirement.
You can use lavender in the garden as a companion plant by either growing lavender in a pot or growing it in the ground soil.
Companion planting is used with most garden crops to help bring benefits to crops and make the best use of garden space.
Good Companion Plants for Lavender
- Fruit Trees
Herbs like Basil, Chamomile, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, and Yarrow all help lavender grow well.
Vegetables like Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, and Kale benefit from having lavender as a border around the crop to help repel unwanted pests.
Companion Plants for Broccoli
Echinacea, like lavender, attracts many pollinators and can be a great addition to a butterfly garden or bee garden.
Sedum, also known as stonecrop, is a perennial plant with succulent leaves. It has the same watering requirements as lavender making them great companion plants.
Roses are among one of the most popular companion plants for lavender. Many gardeners use this combo to get a wonderful fragrance of roses and lavender planted together.
Fruit Trees can attract moths which can damage the fruit tree, surrounding fruit trees with lavender can help deter moths away from them.
Companion Plants for Kale
What Not To Plant With Lavender
Most vegetable crops should not be planted with lavender, with the exception of the few mentioned above. Lavender’s soil preference and moisture preference do not mix well with most vegetable crops. The water requirements for many vegetables would be detrimental to lavender.
Herbs That Should Not Be Planted With Lavender
Frequently Asked Questions About Companion Planting With Lavender
Many pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, are attracted to lavender plants. This is useful when wanting to attract pollinators to your garden.
Yes, lavender can help repel mosquitoes from the area. This is especially useful if you are planting lavender around a sitting area that is outdoors and you would like to use it often.