5 Great reasons to plant lavender in your garden

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5 Reasons to plant lavender in your garden

There’s no doubt about it, many gardeners love lavender and it's easy to see why! 

This water-wise plant has a lovely scent and creates a gorgeous purple haze in a garden when flowering. But there's more to lavender than meets the eye or nose.

Here are five lovely reasons to plant lavender in your garden... 

1. Start a stress-free scented garden 

What could be sweeter than stepping out into a scented garden?  

Plant lavender and it will not only provide you with a lovely scent, it could even boost your mood! According to WebMD, lavender essential oil is used to treat restlessness, insomnia, nervousness, and even depression. 

So if you need to shake stress, head into your garden, weed between those lavender bushes and you’ll soon start to unwind.  

2. Keep pests at bay 

Plant lavender under windows and line your patio with lavender plants to deter mosquitoes.  

Although most people enjoy the scent of lavender, many insects – particularly moths and mosquitoes – don’t! Get a head start on summer mozzie outbreaks by planting lavender now! 

3. Add structural design to your garden 

Growing the same type of lavender in a row creates a uniform low hedge or border that’s ever so pretty when flowering. 

To give your garden an interesting and structural purple hedge or border, plant lavender along a pathway or edge of flowerbeds. 

4. Use lavender in your home 

Now that you know lavender promotes relaxation and wards off insects, harvest it to add scent and colour to flower arrangements in your home. 

5. Get creative in the kitchen 

Did you know that lavender is a flowering herb? It's part of the Lamiaceae or mint family and is edible. It can be used to flavour drinks, baked goods and desserts or simply use it as a pretty garnish. 

References: WebMd and Wikipedia 

If you enjoyed this article, read How to propagate lavender  

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Author info: Monique Warner
Monique loves writing, gardening, photography, brisk walking and trying new workouts. When she’s not editing health articles, she writes and edits All4Women’s gardening and home décor tips. You can follow her on Twitter at @Monique_Warner and email her at monique@all4women.co.za

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