Posted on: August 2nd, 2017 by adminAlthough we tend to associate Lavender fields with Provence in Southern France, we can see fields of these aromatic plants here in in England, where they are harvested for essential oils, culinary ingredients and beauty products. Lavender is widely used as an essential oil to aid relaxation and encourage sleep but not all lavender has these properties. The softer scent of the Lavender Angustifolias are the ones for bedtime slumber, whilst the more astringent hybrid Lavender x Intermedias act as a stimulant and are the ones most suited to use in candles, toiletries and household cleaning products. The distinctive scent and vibrant colour of row upon row of lavender plants spread out as far as the eye can see is truly intoxicating. There are many varieties of Lavender and given the right conditions – well drained, sandy soil and plenty of sunshine – they will add their uplifting scent and colour to our gardens as well as attracting bees and butterflies. Add a Lavender or two ......or five ......to your garden and breathe in their heady scent.
Pauline Bourne (East Grinstead Garden)
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