A rugged yet beautiful compact evergreen shrub with mounding, aromatic, gray foliage and an abundance of fragrant, rich lavender-colored flower spikes. Commonly used for perfumes, sachets, and oils. Dried sprigs will deter insects when placed in a closet or room. Gorgeous in perennial borders, herb gardens, rock gardens, and mass plantings.
Sunset climate zones:2 – 24
Growth habit: Compact
Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 12 to 18 in. tall and wide.
Special features:Compact Form, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Flower attributes: Flowers for Cutting, Fragrant, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Garden style: Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Design Ideas: A superior plant for hot, dry slopes and banks. Rugged enough for rock gardens in warm climates and natural rocky outcroppings where it is likely to naturalize. Exceptional component of Mediterranean style gardens both formal and casual. With similar requirements as western natives, it is suitable for xeriscape or wild gardens in dry climates. Suited to traditional mixed borders with perennials and flowering shrubs. Performs in large artistic pots and particularly beautiful in classical style with antique finish.
Companion Plants: Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Rose (Rosa); Coneflower (Echinacea); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)