The common name tells you so much about this plant: Sea lavender thrives on the beach, where it adores the excellent drainage and poor, sandy, or rocky soil. It grows wild on some U.S. shores and provides food for wildlife. In the home garden, it's a great choice for rock gardens, planting alongside the edge of retaining walls, or tucking into those hot, dry baked spots between pavers. It produces airy masses of lavenderlike flowers, which rise above rosettes of 1-foot-long, slightly fleshy leaves. The flowers dry well, practically right on the plant.
Given very good drainage, sea lavender is tough and excellent for seaside gardens, and it should be included in wildlife gardens, too.
- Sun,Part Sun
- Plant Type:
- Plant Height:
- To 2 feet tall
- Plant Width:
- To 2 feet wide
- Landscape Uses:
- Containers,Beds & Borders
- Special Features:
- Attractive Foliage,Fall Color,Winter Interest,Cut Flowers,Dried Flowers,Attracts Birds,Attracts Butterflies,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
The rounded pink or white flowers of pinks play off well against the airiness of sea lavender. Both enjoy similar positions.Dusty miller
The silvery cut leaves of dusty miller contrast well with sea lavender's mid-green, entire foliage. Both are good subjects for seaside gardens.Red-hot poker
Rather stiff, late-blooming red-hot pokers play off well against billowy sea lavender in late summer gardens.New Zealand flax
In mild areas, red-leaf cultivars of bold New Zealand flax make an interesting combination with sea lavender.
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