Lavender is the common name for Lavandula; a genus of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. The flower is often more commonly known in day-to-day life as a scent from bath bombs all the way to car fresheners because of its light, clean smelling, floral scent that so many people find so incredibly warm and tasteful.
For many years, lavender has been used in recipes for soap-based products and food-based items alike, showing its all-round versatility. However, at Inspirations Florist, we want to show you how you can use the original flower of lavender everyday, be it as a gift or to decorate your home and garden.
In the garden – Lavender is most commonly seen as a type of wildflower, with a lot of appreciation for its natural form in the garden. The long-stemmed bushes that it grows in, fields originally, are aesthetically pleasing and create a beautiful fresh-scented ambiance in the garden. The pale violet colour is rather striking so, when planting lavender out back you have to be careful what you pair it with. It can look awkwardly placed and overshadowed next to large tropical style plants or other similar unique flowers. When using lavender, you want to pair it with other wildflowers, and it will give your garden a colourful pastel look of overgrown but tame and tailored rustic vitality.
In the house – the wildflower lavender looks beautiful in a basket-type arrangement with other flowers of a complementing colour. With white flowers, such as Baby’s Breath, and lavender looking beautiful together. However, if you are situated in an urban, more modern environment then why not try a vase of just lavender. The long stems and buds with a uniform appearance as they are seen outside can look quite striking indoors. Bringing part of the wildflower forest inside, straddles the line between country and urban beautifully, creating a delicate contrast that creates a beautiful environment in your home.
So next time you see lavender, don’t shy away from it. Use that universal scent and colour to your advantage and give someone a gift they will appreciate (even if that someone is yourself).