Bees and butterflies love lavender flowers! Don Shor/Courtesy photo
A mixed bed of lavenders in June. The English lavenders are in full bloom, and the lavandins (hybrid lavenders) are just beginning to spike. Blooms will continue through the summer, even into the fall. Lavender plants like full sun and dry soil. Don Shor/Courtesy photo
Young flower spike of Lavandula pinnata, a tender variety grown for the long season of bloom and intense color. Fast-growing to 3 feet tall and wide, with blooms right until frost, the leaves and blooms have a light, sweet fragrance. Frost will damage the tops, and sometimes kill the plants entirely, so they are often treated as annuals. Don Shor/Courtesy photo
Bloom spike of traditional lavender, with the small purple flowers just beginning to open. English lavender is the type grown for sachets, potpourri and culinary uses. Don Shor/Courtesy photo
This form of Spanish lavender has brighter, true lavender colored petals. Like all the other Spanish lavenders, the scent is acrid, somewhat like turpentine. These are grown for the showy flowers, the long season of bloom and the low growth habit. Don Shor/Courtesy photo
A new selection of Spanish lavender, the petals of Passione are more pink with a hint of orange in the center. The overall effect is duskier. Don Shor/Courtesy photo
Spanish lavender variety Otto Quast planted in the center divider on Pole Line Road at Loyola. Surrounded by asphalt and concrete, this demonstrates the tough nature of lavenders! Don Shor/Courtesy photo

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