In our new Flower of the Week series, we'll bring you all things flower, from the cost to the season to the little details you need to ask your florist. This is your go-to guide for blooms, ranging from ranunculus to roses. So take a minute to stop and smell (and read!) every Flower Friday.
Lavender has been cultivated for centuries for its medicinal properties and heavenly fragrance. Varieties of the flower are grown extensively in the south of France and other parts of the Mediterranean, in addition to England and North America. Lavender’s calming scent is said to aid with concentration, relaxation, sleep, and even helps to get rid of headaches.
Culinary-grade lavender can be used to adorn cocktails, decorate baked goods, or infuse jars of honey or sugar (the perfect favor for guests!) with a light, floral flavor. A super hardy flower to use in weddings (the dried version can last for months), sprigs of lavender can be incorporated into place cards, boutonnieres, centerpieces, and bouquets.
Lavender grows around the world during the hot summer months and flourishes when planted in full sun.
Romantic and a bit wild in feeling (the gorgeous rolling lavender fields of Provence come to mind), the flower is perfect for slightly rustic, garden-style arrangements.
The blossoms are characteristically purple, but can vary slightly in shade and hue depending on the variety.
Lavender is relatively inexpensive compared to the bigger face flowers—and a little goes a long way!
Cut lavender can be left out of water for a long time without wilting. The flowers will keep their color, scent and shape when dried (to preserve, simply hang bouquets upside down until completely dried).
Works Well With
Lavender goes well with other soft pastel summer flowers like peonies and roses (and it’s nice to play with scale and mix it with larger blooms). Because the stalks tend to be straight and somewhat inflexible, it’s best to use the flowers sparingly in larger, mixed arrangements (too many will make the design feel angular and stiff). If using lavender by itself in a monofleur bouquet or centerpiece, keep the scale small and compact (it’s the perfect size for a flower girl's arrangement or for a grouping of small vases down the table).