Flower of the Month June: Lavender | Bonus! 4 Ideas for your Home Lavender Plants

Lavender, with its captivating fragrance and delicate blooms, is a beloved herb that has enchanted gardeners and craft enthusiasts for centuries. In this blog post, we will explore the art...

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Flower of the Month June: Lavender | Bonus! 4 Ideas for your Home Lavender Plants

Lavender, a beloved herb with a captivating fragrance and delicate blooms, has enchanted gardeners and craft enthusiasts for centuries. Explore its history, and learn essential tips for cultivating and growing this aromatic plant, while discovering its significant role in crafts, decor, and body and wellness.


The History of Lavender (Condensed) 

Lavender is a versatile and popular herb that has been used for centuries for its soothing and relaxing properties. The name "Lavender" originated in Rome and may have come from the verb "lavare" which means to wash, or the word “livendulo” which means “livid or bluish." The Lavender family consists of over 30 varieties, the most popular being Lavendula Angustifolia, or English lavender. 

While mainly associated with France, it was widely used in the ancient world, specifically in the cultures of Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Middle East for a variety of ailments and relaxation. Its origins date back roughly 2500 years, and was brought to Franc around 600 BC, establishing itself in the Mediterranean climate.

(to read more go to our post The Complete History of Lavender)


Growing Lavender

Choosing the Right Variety

Lavender comes in various species and cultivars, each with its own unique characteristics. English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and French lavender (Lavandula stoechas) are popular choices for their fragrance and suitability for drying. Select a variety that suits your climate, soil conditions, and gardening goals.

Sunlight and Soil Requirements

Lavender thrives in full sunlight, requiring at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight each day. It prefers well-draining soil with a slightly alkaline pH. To ensure good drainage, amend heavy clay soils with organic matter or consider planting lavender in raised beds.

Planting and Watering

Plant lavender in the spring after the last frost, giving it enough space to grow and spread. Avoid overwatering, as lavender is susceptible to root rot. Water newly planted lavender regularly until it establishes roots, then reduce watering frequency. Once established, lavender is relatively drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering.

Pruning and Maintenance

Regular pruning is crucial for lavender's health and shape. In early spring, trim back one-third of the plant to encourage bushier growth. After flowering, prune lightly to remove spent blooms and promote new growth. Avoid cutting into old, woody stems, as lavender has limited rejuvenation capabilities.


Crafting with Lavender (Floral Bouquets & Home Decor)

Harvesting Lavender

To incorporate lavender into dried floral bouquets, timing is crucial. Harvest lavender when the flowers are fully open but not yet faded. Choose a dry day, preferably in the morning when the aromatic oils are most concentrated. Cut the stems just above the foliage, leaving enough length for arranging.

Drying Lavender

There are several methods to dry lavender, depending on your preference. Air drying is the most straightforward technique, requiring you to hang lavender bundles upside down in a well-ventilated, dark area. Ensure that the bundles are not too large, as air circulation is essential to prevent mold. Alternatively, you can use a dehydrator or place the flowers in an oven set at a low temperature to expedite the drying process.

Creating Lavender Bouquets

Once your lavender is dried and ready, it's time to create beautiful bouquets. Combine lavender with other dried flowers like baby's breath, eucalyptus, or strawflowers to add texture and color. Tie the stems together with a natural twine or ribbon, adjusting the arrangement until you achieve the desired look.

Uses of Lavender Bouquets

Lavender bouquets have an array of uses beyond their visual appeal. They make delightful home decorations, filling the air with a soothing fragrance. Place them in vases, hang them in doorways, or incorporate them into wreaths. Lavender bouquets also serve as thoughtful gifts, offering relaxation and a touch of natural beauty.

(to read more about crafting dried bouquets for home & wedding, read our post: Crafting Timeless Bouquets)


Lavender Oil; Uses in Body Care & Wellness

Lavender essential oil has long been used in body care and can be found sold as is, or in lotions, body oils, hand creams, salves, facial toners, and body butter. Lavender oil has proven antibacterial properties, and in killing bacteria, it may prevent and heal acne. Lavender oil is non-comedogenic, meaning that it will not clog pores. Additionally, it soothes and prevents redness and can soothe itchy skin and eczema.

Other uses include uses in medications that relieve burns, fungus, itch, stress, anxiety, and premenstrual symptoms. It also may help relieve: chronic pain, high blood pressure, and asthma.

Bonus! 4 Ideas for your Home Lavender Plants

Depending on the type of plant, there are many uses for Lavender at home. 

1. Lavender oil; Looking to reap the benefits of Lavender Oil? While you may need more than one plant, this is a great way to utilize your lavender. You can either purchase a distiller online, or research how to DIY, but the results are phenomenal! You will not only have essential oil, but hydrosol as well. 

2. Dried bouquets; Dried lavender bouquets can be hung anywhere inside your home, from bathroom, to bedroom to kitchen, to add to your overall look or scent. To craft bouquets, harvest your Lavender just as the buds are beginning to flower, and hang upside-down until dried. 

3. Sachets; Lavender Sachets are the perfect way to spruce up laundry, linens, gift bags or boxes, lingerie and dresser drawers and bathrooms. To make, purchase muslin or gauze sachets from your local craft store, and once your lavender is dried , carefully, beat your lavender against  the walls of a large bowl. With the remaining lavender fill your sachets! 

4. Culinary Lavender; Depending on your plant type, utilizing the buds in syrups, cookies, or other deserts is a great way to enjoy your plant! 


Growing lavender and incorporating it into dried floral bouquets is a rewarding experience that allows you to enjoy the beauty and fragrance of this remarkable herb year-round. By following proper cultivation techniques and understanding the timing for harvesting and drying, you can create stunning lavender bouquets that bring a touch of nature's elegance into your home or share them as thoughtful gifts with loved ones. Embrace the enchanting world

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