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8 Companion Plants for Lavender

Lavender is beautiful and has an almost intoxicating smell that many enjoy in perfumes, lotions, and oils. Plus, it is a lovely flower to grow in your garden.

With its amazing qualities, it can be difficult to find other plants to grow alongside the lavender that will not be “overpowered” or taken over by its lush flowers. However, many gorgeous plants are great companions for lavender. In this article, we want to share the best choices to grow next to it! 

Roses

Roses and lavender
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Roses and lavender are a wonderful pair. Not only do they look great together, but they also have similar growing needs.

Both roses and lavender need full sun for about six to eight hours a day and love well-draining soil. They are fast-growing and need nutrients such as phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen – the three most important nutrients. Typically lavender needs more nitrogen then most.

But, there are micronutrients that will help your roses thrive such as boron, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, sulfur, and zinc.

Roses also love to be in moist soil as they are not drought tolerant. This works well with lavender because it needs to be watered at least once a week.

The only issue that could arise when growing these two together is that they both can grow quite large, so you need to have enough space to maintain both properly. It is important to note these plants should be placed 2ft apart from each other to avoid overcrowding.

Thyme

Lush thyme garden
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Thyme and lavender smell beautiful and are great companion plants that can make your gardening space a delight to look at and smell.

These two pair well together because thyme can make an attractive ground-covering plant with purple flowers that will look great with your lavender. Lavender and Thyme both like to be in full sun for most of the day and prefer soil with well-drainage.

Thyme has been known for medical purposes and can help with diarrhea, stomach aches, sore throat, and even arthritis. You can also use lavender to reduce stress, making these two plants the perfect combination for an off day.

Most importantly, they stunning plants are usually see together because they fall into the same USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9.

Rosemary

Rosemary Plant
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Rosemary and lavender are classic pairs. Both enjoy temperatures on the warm side so, if you’re looking to grow your garden that already includes lavender, rosemary is one of your best options.

They have the same growing conditions during the spring-fall months. It’s important to note rosemary is not as cold tolerant as lavender, so it may need extra care during the cooler months to continue its growth. Or, you might just have to bring it inside

Luckily, both plants need about the same amount of sun and water, making them perfect neighbors.

Marigold

Marigold flowers
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Marigold seeds are not expensive and easy to grow in almost all climates. This plant comes in many colors, shapes, and sizes, so you can add a variety of them to your lavender garden.

Marigolds need well-drained soil and full sun just like lavender. They are fine with average and even poor soil but will blossom if you give them a boost with a fertilizer like “Miracle Grow” every once in a while. The two can also thrive in the same soil pH of a steady 6.5.

Marigolds attract helpful insects like bees and ladybugs while discouraging pests like tomato worms and squash bugs from other plants like lavender. The smell is also known to repel mosquitoes.

Yarrow

Achollea alpina Yarrow
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Yarrow is a very hardy plant that thrives in most types of soil, making it a perfect match with your lavender.

Full sun is a must when it comes to this plant, so planting it alongside your lavender won’t be an issue because lavender loves the sun as well. Pairing these two together will do wonders for the colors in your garden, making it so nice to look at.

Remember to prune the yarrow frequently, removing all dead and overgrown leaves, stems, and flowers, so it does not overtake your lavender garden.

Sage

russian sage
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Sage is another plant that flourishes in conditions that lavender loves. There are many types of sage, but when it comes to this plant, all sage will thrive in hot climates with well-draining soil and minimal water.

If you are already growing lavender and thyme, sage makes a great addition as their companion!

Zinnia

Zinnia orange flower
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Another plant to consider adding to your lavender garden is zinnias. Zinnias come in many colors, including pink, white, red, or lavender purple. That’s why they will always be a great choice to have in your garden, thriving with your lavender.

Zinnia is known for attracting many different insects including bees, ladybugs, butterflies, beetles, and wasps, as well as hummingbirds. These pollinators will help any garden thrive.

Zinnia is pet friendly because they are not toxic but they are known for repelling deer. Although, lavender can be toxic to pets so be sure to keep them at a safe distance.

These two companion flowers love full sun and are both considered drought tolerant, so be mindful not to over-water.

African Daisies

African daisy up close
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African Daisies are similar to the common daisies we all love to see in gardens. Daisies are enchanting to look at, and this variety is no different. They have vibrant colors that will make any garden look original.

They make great companion plants for lavenders as they thrive in conditions that are favorable to lavender plants and require very little care. They need full sun, well-draining soil, and water about once a week.

You can’t go wrong with this perfect companion for lavender because they bloom into the fall, giving you a beautiful garden all summer long.

Start Pairing and Planning!

Lavender is a great plant to grow in your garden, but it can be overpowering. That’s why it is important to know what plants are good companions for it. Not all plants will thrive with lovely lavender, but these eight are a great friend for your garden!

Let us know which plant you want to grow next to your lavender, and as always, please share!

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