Phenomenal Lavender in the fieldPhenomenal Lavender in the field

Best Lavenders for Drying, Cooking, and Essential Oil

We all need to stop and smell the Lavender sometimes! In addition to their ornamental use in waterwise landscapes, Lavender plants can be harvested to take advantage of their amazing aromatherapeutic properties. Lavender's innumerable uses range from culinary to crafts. Imagine making flavored vinegars, jellies, baked goods and beverages. Craft fragrant and relaxing sachets, potpourri, candles, soaps, and cleaning supplies. Or, create a spa-like experience at home with essential oils of Lavender. Dried Lavender flowers can be used for sachets, wreaths, and wands. The possibilies are endless! 

Records show Lavender has been in use for over 2,500 years, for bathing, medicine, cleansing, and even romance charms. Interested in the story of lovely Lavender's use over time? Learn More: A History Of Lavender

 

Best Lavender Cultivars For Lavender Oil

These recommendations are based on the weight yield of flowers per plant, fragrance, and oil content of flowers.

Best English Lavender for Essential Oil:

Best French Hybrid Lavender for Essential Oil:

Best Lavender Cultivars For Drying

Best English Lavender for Dried Flowers:

Best French Hybrid Lavender for Dried Flowers:

High Country Gardens customer Lenda F. harvesting Lavender!High Country Gardens customer Lenda F. harvesting Lavender!
High Country Gardens customer Lenda F. harvesting Lavender!

Best Lavender Cultivars For Cooking

This is a very subjective recommendation as different cooks will have different opinions as to what tastes best. Many French hybrids have an overabundance of camphor-like scent to their oil which can be overpowering in a recipe. English varieties are typically favored for culinary use.

Best English Lavenders For Cooking:

Best French Hybrid cultivars:

  • 'Gros Bleu' (the most like English, with a sweet, low-camphor component)
English Lavender is often the favorite for chefs or casual cooks, but taste preference is highly subjective.English Lavender is often the favorite for chefs or casual cooks, but taste preference is highly subjective.
English Lavender is often the favorite for chefs or casual cooks, but taste preference is highly subjective.

Resources For Growing Lavender

Curious about choosing English, French Hybrid, and Spanish Lavender varieties? Learn More: Lavender Bliss - Exploring Lavender Varieties

Excited to plant your own Lavender plants? Watch and learn from our chief horticulturist, David Salman, in our helpful guide to growing Lavender. Learn More: How To Grow & Care For Lavender Plants

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 Western Swallowtail Butterfly Visits Miss Katherine Lavender.
A Western Swallowtail Butterfly Visits Miss Katherine Lavender, which is another benefit of this lavender in addition to being an ideal variety for drying lavender.

Best Lavender Varieties For Special Uses

In addition to their ornamental use in water-wise (xeric) landscapes, lavender plants are also used for other purposes such as lavender oil production, for dried flower products (such as sachets, wreaths, and wands) and as a culinary spice.

In this respect, not all varieties are the same.

Here are my recommendations for these different categories selected from the cultivars grown by High Country Gardens.

Best Lavender Cultivars For Lavender Oil Production

Lavandula intermedia Grosso is good for Oil Production
Lavender 'Grosso' is becoming increasingly popular due to it's lovely fragrance and use in essential oils, and for being a perfect variety for oil production.

This is of primary concern to commercial growers who grow lavender flowers from which to distill lavender oil, based on the weight yield of flowers per plant and oil content of flowers.

Best English cultivars:

Lavender Phenomenal Field
Lavender Phenomenal is one of the most cold-hardy varieties of lavender, and has excellent tolerance of heat and humidity.

Best Lavender Cultivars For Drying

Best English Lavender cultivars for Dried Flowers:

Culinary Use

English Lavender
English Lavender is often the favorite for chefs or casual cooks, but taste preference is highly subjective.

This is a very subjective recommendation as different cooks will have different opinions as to what tastes best. Many French hybrids have an overabundance of camphor-like scent to their oil which can be overpowering in a recipe.

    Best English Lavenders For Cooking:

  • 'Vera' and most other English types.
  • Best French Hybrid cultivars:

  • 'Gros Bleu' (most like English with a sweet, low camphor component)

Long Blooming and Twice Blooming Lavender

Buena Vista Lavender Twice Blooming
Buena Vista Lavender is a sweetly frangant, and twice blooming variety with deep blue bi-color blooms. To ensure double-bloom, deadhead promptly after first round of blooms.

These are cultivars (varieties) that provide an extended season of flowering in the water-wise (xeric) landscapes.

The English cultivars will bloom in early summer and again in September (when promptly deadheaded after the first summer flush of flowers).

 
  1. Phenomenal Lavender Plant,  Lavandula intermedia Phenomenal field

    Lavandula intermedia ‚Phenomenal‚ PP24193 (French Hybrid Lavender) is notable for its outstanding cold hardiness and tolerance to heat and high humidity. The plants grow ...

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    Phenomenal Lavender Phenomenal Lavender Lavandula intermedia Phenomenal PP#24,193
    As low as $15.99 Sale $13.59
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Lavandula intermedia 'Phenomenal' PP24193 (French Hybrid Lavender) is notable for its outstanding cold hardiness and tolerance to heat and high humidity. The plants grow into a beautiful mounded shape, with purple flowers on tall stems in mid-summer.
  2. Long Blooming Lavender Collection

    Enjoy lovely Lavender all season long! Our Lavender Collection includes carefully selected fragrant, hardy and long-blooming varieties. Enjoy Lavender blooms from late spring through...

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    Long Blooming Lavender Collection Long Blooming Lavender Collection
    As low as $66.99 Sale $60.29
    Per Collection of 5
    Enjoy lovely Lavender all season long! Our Lavender Collection includes carefully selected fragrant, hardy and long-blooming varieties. Enjoy Lavender blooms from late spring through fall with this carefully chosen combination of English and French hybrid Lavenders. Choice of 5 or 15 plants.
  3. Lavandula angustifolia 'Wee One', Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    Lavandula angustifolia ‚Wee One‚ (English Lavender) is a special dwarf variety that blooms with a wonderful display of short blue flower spikes only 10„ tall. It is...

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    Wee One Dwarf English Lavender Wee One Dwarf English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Wee One
    As low as $13.49 Sale $11.47
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Lavandula angustifolia 'Wee One' (English Lavender) is a special dwarf variety that blooms with a wonderful display of short blue flower spikes only 10" tall. It is the most compact Lavender cultivar in cultivation.
  4. Lavandula angustifolia WWG002 FlowerKisser™ After Midnight

    Lavandula angustifolia ‚FlowerKisser® After Midnight‚ (English Lavender) has stunning, dark colored flower spikes with deep indigo-blue calyxes and large violet-purple f...

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    FlowerKisser® After Midnight English Lavender FlowerKisser® After Midnight English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia 'WWG002'
    As low as $15.49 Sale $13.17
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Lavandula angustifolia 'FlowerKisser® After Midnight' (English Lavender) has stunning, dark colored flower spikes with deep indigo-blue calyxes and large violet-purple flowers on a medium sized plant with gray-green foliage.  2019 Plant of the Year.
  5. Royal Velvet English Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia Royal Velvet

    Lavandula angustifolia ‚Royal Velvet‚ is very showy in bloom. It is covered with long stemmed, dark navy blue and lavender flower spikes. The 3 to 4-inch long flower spi...

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    Royal Velvet English Lavender Royal Velvet English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Royal Velvet
    As low as $12.99 Sale $11.69
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Lavandula angustifolia 'Royal Velvet' is very showy in bloom. It is covered with long stemmed, dark navy blue and lavender flower spikes. The 3 to 4-inch long flower spikes, which are much longer than ‘Hidcote’, hold their dark color superbly as a dried flower.
  6. Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote Superior Photo Courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc

    Lavandula angustifolia ‚Hidcote Superior‚ (English Lavender) is sweetly fragrant, uniformly compact and blooms with darkly colored lavender-blue flower spikes in late spr...

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    Hidcote Superior English Lavender Hidcote Superior English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote Superior
    As low as $13.99 Sale $11.89
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Superior' (English Lavender) is sweetly fragrant, uniformly compact and blooms with darkly colored lavender-blue flower spikes in late spring.
  7. Lavandula intermedia Grosso, Grosso Frencha Hybrid Lavender

    Lavandula intermedia ‚Grosso‚ is a large growing French hybrid lavender with dark blue flower spikes in mid-summer. An impressive profuse bloomer ideal for drying or culi...

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    Grosso French Lavender Grosso French Lavender Lavandula intermedia 'Grosso'
    As low as $12.99 Sale $12.34
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Lavandula intermedia 'Grosso' is a large growing French hybrid lavender with dark blue flower spikes in mid-summer. An impressive profuse bloomer ideal for drying or culinary use.
  8. Vera English Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia Vera

    Lavandula angustifolia ‚Vera‚ (English Lavender) is an outstanding heirloom English Lavender known for its sweetly fragrant oil, dark lavender-blue flower spikes, and com...

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    Vera English Lavender Vera English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Vera
    As low as $15.49 Sale $13.17
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Lavandula angustifolia 'Vera' (English Lavender) is an outstanding heirloom English Lavender known for its sweetly fragrant oil, dark lavender-blue flower spikes, and compact growth habit. Our selection of 'Vera' is also the most cold hardy variety of English Lavender.

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Grow Your Own Lavender Plants!

  1. Phenomenal Lavender Plant,  Lavandula intermedia Phenomenal field

    Lavandula intermedia ‚Phenomenal‚ PP24193 (French Hybrid Lavender) is notable for its outstanding cold hardiness and tolerance to heat and high humidity. The plants grow ...

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    Phenomenal Lavender Phenomenal Lavender Lavandula intermedia Phenomenal PP#24,193
    As low as $15.99 Sale $13.59
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Lavandula intermedia 'Phenomenal' PP24193 (French Hybrid Lavender) is notable for its outstanding cold hardiness and tolerance to heat and high humidity. The plants grow into a beautiful mounded shape, with purple flowers on tall stems in mid-summer.
  2. Long Blooming Lavender Collection

    Enjoy lovely Lavender all season long! Our Lavender Collection includes carefully selected fragrant, hardy and long-blooming varieties. Enjoy Lavender blooms from late spring through...

    Learn More
    Long Blooming Lavender Collection Long Blooming Lavender Collection
    As low as $66.99 Sale $60.29
    Per Collection of 5
    Enjoy lovely Lavender all season long! Our Lavender Collection includes carefully selected fragrant, hardy and long-blooming varieties. Enjoy Lavender blooms from late spring through fall with this carefully chosen combination of English and French hybrid Lavenders. Choice of 5 or 15 plants.
  3. Lavandula angustifolia 'Wee One', Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    Lavandula angustifolia ‚Wee One‚ (English Lavender) is a special dwarf variety that blooms with a wonderful display of short blue flower spikes only 10„ tall. It is...

    Learn More
    Wee One Dwarf English Lavender Wee One Dwarf English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Wee One
    As low as $13.49 Sale $11.47
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Lavandula angustifolia 'Wee One' (English Lavender) is a special dwarf variety that blooms with a wonderful display of short blue flower spikes only 10" tall. It is the most compact Lavender cultivar in cultivation.
  4. Lavandula angustifolia WWG002 FlowerKisser™ After Midnight

    Lavandula angustifolia ‚FlowerKisser® After Midnight‚ (English Lavender) has stunning, dark colored flower spikes with deep indigo-blue calyxes and large violet-purple f...

    Learn More
    FlowerKisser® After Midnight English Lavender FlowerKisser® After Midnight English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia 'WWG002'
    As low as $15.49 Sale $13.17
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Lavandula angustifolia 'FlowerKisser® After Midnight' (English Lavender) has stunning, dark colored flower spikes with deep indigo-blue calyxes and large violet-purple flowers on a medium sized plant with gray-green foliage.  2019 Plant of the Year.