English lavender is in the family Labiatae. It is a native of the mediterranean region and is found in USDA zones 5b to 8a. It's a perennial which has attractive blossoms, loves to be in full sun and moist soil and attracts bees.
The english lavender is a evergreen shrub with narrow silver needlelike leaves on a bushy plant. It can be up to 18 inches tall. The seeds germinate usually slowly and erratically.
English lavender needs to be planted in full sun and well drained clean soil about 12 inches apart. The plant needs to be planted in well-drained soil to prevent rot and encourage good air circulation to prevent foliage diseases. You can mulch with an inch or two of coarse sand.
Lavender is a very attractive ornamental with a wonderful fragrance that can be used in potpourri, wreaths, flower aranements and in cooking.
-Christine Rogers, Agro/Hort 100 Spring 1999