The best companion vegetables for lavender are cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, broccoli and celery. Lavender is the perfect companion because their strong fragrance will repel pests like white moths that can destroy your brassica leaves. The best companion vegetables for lavender will have similar watering needs like deep watering and drying out between water.
Check out the table below for great companion vegetables and plants for Lavender.
Companion Vegetables to plant with Lavender
Lavender makes the perfect vegetable companion. The scent of the lavender can prevent bugs from eating your brassicas like cabbage.
Because of the beautiful smell of the lavender flowers, they make the perfect companion to vegetables that are tempting to insects. Cabbage and cauliflower benefit from lavender nearby. They can help to deter white moths that will much and lay their eggs on their leaves.
Companion Herbs to plant with Lavender
Herbs that love Mediterranean conditions like basil, oregano and rosemary will grow well with Lavender. They can repel aphids and love the same well-draining soil that lavender does. The key to growing these with success is not to overwater. Let the soil dry out before watering again and give them a nice sunny position in your garden.
Companion planting fruit trees with Lavender
Fruit trees will benefit from the bee attracting lavender when planted close by. My tips for companion planting lavender with fruit trees is to keep them away from the root zone. Citrus in particular like to have space underneath their canopy because the feeder roots will sit close to the surface.
If you plant anything directly under the leaf canopy including lavender, they can compete with the fruit tree for nutrients. Lavender will also enjoy slightly dryer conditions than most citrus so give them a bit of space.
Apples and pears will benefit from the pollenating bees and insects that are attracted by the lavender. I would suggest planting the lavender away from the root zone to keep the fruit tree happy. Stone fruit like peaches and nectarines will also be happy living near lavender.
What is companion planting?
Growing plants together that benefit each other, that love the same conditions and create a healthy ecosystem in your garden is known as companion planting. Plants that like similar amounts of water, sun or shade and soil conditions can live together in harmony and grow well.
Planting fruiting and flowering plants together can have the added benefit of attracting pollinators like bees to give you a good fruit harvest.
How to grow lavender with companion plants
Lavender is well known for its beautiful purple flowers and amazing smell. It attracts good bugs and bees and can keep away other insects that plan on eating your garden. To have success when companion planting it is best to choose plants that enjoy the same soil conditions and position.
Lavender loves sun, well-draining soil and drying out between watering. If you live in an area with high rainfall, you will need to make sure you plant lavender in a raised bed or pot to make sure it doesn’t stay too wet.
Placing lavender in a sunny spot in your garden will bring bees and good insects. They will grow well with flowers like roses and other Mediterranean herbs like rosemary, oregano and thyme. The other tip to grow healthy lavender is to trim the dead flower heads once they have finished. This will promote new growth and keep your lavender looking fresh.
Check out a quick guide on how to grow lavender.
What companion plants look great with lavender?
Salvia is a beautiful flower that comes in purple, red and oranges. They enjoy the same soil conditions as lavender and look great when paired together.
Roses are also amazing companion plants to pair with lavender. Roses that can tolerate dry conditions and will look great together with lavender, especially when they have lost their leaves. The lavender will stay green all year round and look great in your garden until your rose comes back into bloom.
Planting vegetables with your lavender
Brassicas like broccoli and cabbage will benefit from lavender. They will deter bugs that will nibble on your leaves and will look great when paired together. Allow at least 1 foot of space between your vegetables and lavender to make sure they get the nutrients they both need from the soil.
Tips for companion planting lavender in containers
Lavender will grow really well in containers. Choose one that will drain well and add a good quality potting mix. Place the container or pot in a sunny position which the lavender will love. Check out my recipe here to make a great potting soil your self at home. This mix will be well draining and give your lavender the release of the nutrients it needs.
Lavender grows well so you may find it needs re-potting after a year or so. If you want to keep it compact, give it a light trim every few months. It is better to do regular, light trims and you will have a compact bush that looks great. Just remember not to cut off your flower heads before they have bloomed.
Companion planting with lavender – FAQ
Plant lavender and chamomile together as they are both bee attracting and can be used together to make herbal teas. Chamomile has beautiful white and yellow flowers that look great when paired with the grey and purple of the lavender.
You can plant lavender and lemongrass together. For a nice display, plant the lemongrass in the middle of the pot, this will grow tall and add height to your garden. You can then plant the lavender around the lemongrass. The purple flowers will complement the green of the lemongrass and both will look and smell amazing.
Plant lavender and rosemary together as they grow in the same soil conditions. They both love sun and prefer their soil to dry between watering. They are Mediterranean herbs so taste great in many dishes, including pasta, pizza and with chicken.
Star jasmine is a beautiful climber so will look great surrounded at its base with lavender. Both are drought tolerant and enjoy well-draining soil. Once established, the star jasmine and lavender will be beautiful and fragrant together attracting bees and looking great in a sunny position in your garden.
Plant lavender with grasses such as Tanika or Lomandra Longifolia. This is a beautiful bright green grass that is as hardy as they come. Blue fescue will also look great planted alongside lavender. It has beautiful gray/green foliage so works perfectly with the purple of the lavender.
Succulents like sunny dryer conditions so can pair well with lavender. Pig-face is a good partner to plant with lavender, it is a ground cover and has beautiful pink flowers. They like full sun and they don’t like to be overwatered. Well-draining soil is important for both succulents and lavender.
Best Companion Vegetables for Lavender | Summary
Lavender is a great companion for your vegetables as it will attract pollinating insects and help to deter pests. Summer vegetable gardens in particular will benefit from a lavender border which will increase your yield of tomatoes and strawberries by encouraging insects which will lead to increased flower pollination.