Your rock garden is the perfect place to grow lavender. This hardy perennial can be grown from zones 4 to 10. Lavender grows in almost any soil as long as it is well drained. It it is easy to maintain and requires very little water.
Oh, but the rewards are ever abundant. Not only is this a beautiful plant it is used for sachets, medicine, cooking, antiseptics, soap making and getting rid of mice. The smell of lavender is so rich and soothing it is no wonder it has such a claim to fame.
Lavender is started by seed. I find it difficult to start and buy plants from the local nursery, but have had great success with the Gurneys Catalog. I like their Hardy Lavender because it grows in grey green mounds and blooms from late June through August.
I am planing a new flower bed. I have chosen lavender as a back ground hedge. It should look absolutely fabulous up against my dark sage house. It is a sunny location and the lavender can take the heat that radiates off of the house.
Lavender can be planted in the spring and in the fall. It can be pruned way back, although I would not recommend a heavy pruning in cold zones.
Insightful Nana has great lavender gifts and gift tags on her site. In this video she shows you how to make lavender sachets.
When you go to pick out rock garden plants, grow lavender. You will be thrilled.