Plant This Stunning Flower Near Lavender And Wait For The Garden Magic To Happen

Plant This Stunning Flower Near Lavender And Wait For The Garden Magic To Happen

Lavender is a popular garden plant with fragrant and bright purple spikes. While it can grow on its own, pairing it with a companion plant can offer practical benefits such as suppressing weeds, controlling pests, and improving soil and pollination. One excellent companion plant for lavender is the coneflower. This pair not only looks visually appealing but is also easy to care for and attracts powerful pollinators to your garden.

The coneflower is a flowering perennial that belongs to the Echinacea genus, which has ten species native to eastern and central North America. Coneflowers are known for their cone-shaped blooms that appear in summer and early fall. The central cone is formed by a cluster of tiny florets, which are surrounded by smaller ray florets. The color of these ray florets varies from purple, pink, orange, red, and yellow to white, depending on the species and variety. When given enough space, these plants can spread and self-seed.

Growing lavender and coneflowers together

Close up of coneflower

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Both lavender and coneflowers thrive with basic care and don’t require any extraordinary means. They each enjoy full sun and sandy soil, eliminating the need for different adjustments to accommodate either plant. They like the hot summer heat and are also quite laid back when it comes to watering since both plants are drought-tolerant. Coneflowers and lavender require minimal grooming and upkeep, thriving with occasional deadheading and a light trimming.

When planting, choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil. The best spot in your garden to plant lavender and coneflowers will be one with ample space for them to blossom. Water moderately until they’re established. Coneflowers need about an inch of water a week while lavender only needs water when it becomes dry. In pots, lavender should be watered every few days.

Visually speaking, lavender’s calming blues and purples complement the bold, vibrant hues of coneflowers. You can find deep pinks, fiery oranges, and sunny yellows from coneflowers alongside lavender’s delicate spikes which makes a stunning contrast. It also adds depth and dimension to any border in your garden.

A great opportunity for pollinators and pest control

Bees on coneflower

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One of the biggest perks of growing coneflowers and lavender side-by-side is their dual ability to attract pollinators. The plants’ sweet scent and nectar-rich blooms attract a variety of pollinators, from honeybees to hummingbirds. Coneflowers and lavender also attract butterflies and other winged insects. Both plants offer food for goldfinches to feed on.

Beyond the pollinator perks, this duo also works as pest control. Coneflowers, with their spiky foliage and strong fragrance, work as a natural repellent, often deterring aphids. This is important because these pests can feed on lavender. One of the benefits of planting lavender in your garden is that it repels mosquitoes and flies. As an added bonus, coneflowers and lavender are also deer-resistant, meaning you can avoid unwanted bites on your plants in your garden overnight. Together, these plants don’t just bring beauty, color, and good scents to your garden. They help pollinators feast and keep pests away.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.