Choose the right varieties

Pick your own lavender

Here are some of the best varieties for specific uses (numbers refer to Sunset's regional climate zones).

Fragrance

Lavandula x intermedia 'Hidcote Giant'; 4-24.

L. x i. 'Provence'; 4-24.

L. x i. 'Super'; 4-24.

Culinary

L. x intermedia 'Provence'; 4-24.

Long bloom season

L. canariensis (Canary Island lavender); 16-24.

L. dentata (French lavender); 8, 9, 12-24.

L. stoechas (Spanish lavender); 4-24.

Small spaces (1 to 2 feet tall)

L. angustifolia 'Hidcote'; 2-24.

L. a. 'Martha Roderick'; 2-24.

L. stoechas 'Ron Lutsko's Dwarf'; 4-24.

Drying

L. angustifolia 'Hidcote'; 2-24.

L. a. 'Munstead'; 2-24.

L. x intermedia 'Grosso'; 4-24.

Sachets

L. angustifolia (English lavender); 2-24.

More: Your guide to planting, care, and harvesting lavender

L. x intermedia 'Provence'; 4-24.