Lavender Makes The Top Ten


Lavender makes quite a few ‘Top Ten’ lists – drought tolerant, deer resistant and in a recent issue of “Birds & Blooms” it was number 2 in their ‘Top Ten Purple Plants’ list.  Of course, I would have made it number 1, but I’m a bit biased. 


Here is their list:

  1. Verbena.  In my zone 5 it is grown as an annual, often in hanging baskets.  It comes in a variety of colors.
  2. Lavender
  3. Clematis
  4. Bellflower (Campanula)
  5. Balloon Flower (Platycodon)
  6. Dwarf Iris
  7. Catmint (Nepeta – but not the ‘catnip’ one.)  This Catmint has a lovely purple flower on 2’ spikes, not unlike lavender.  It blooms all summer and the foliage is scented.  Popular with bees and butterflies.
  8. Salvia
  9. Allium
  10. Pasque flower  ( Pulsatilla)


I love watching birds and get some good tips from this magazine.  Yesterday morning there was a ‘peep peep peep peep peep’ sound that carried on for about a minute.  It was the call of a young Cardinal who was sitting on the ground while its’ mother fed it!  Dad was on a nearby trellis but I have also seen the fathers feeding young in the garden. 


The second year we were in this house we did not put seed out during the summer.  I was in the garden and a male Cardinal sat on the fence and chattered away to me.  I wondered what was wrong and had some seed, so filled the feeder and put it up.  These birds are usually very timid of my presence but he quickly returned with a young bird that sat on the fence while being fed.  How brave and clever that father was to ask for food!  Our gardens are certainly magical places.  Enjoy yours.


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