Plant of the Month for April 2022: Lavender

  • English lavender can be grown in the ground or in a variety of containers. (gardeningexpress.co.uk via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Lavender flowers are beautiful in shape, color and fragrance. (Wikipedia.org via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The "Munstead" lavender cultivar makes a great edging plant. (waysidegardens.com via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The lavender fields in the south of France are legendary. (peplum-france.com via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Spanish lavender flowers have “rabbit ears” at the top of the flower. (Wikipedia.org via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Since our current weather pattern seems to be offering some long dry spells, it might be worth considering planting some drought tolerant herbs. Though many are locally available that offer fragrance as well as culinary and medicinal uses, lavender remains one my favorites. When properly placed and attended several lavender varieties grow well in Kona. Known as a Mediterranean plant, lavender is a wonderfully fragrant herb that is well-suited for Hawaiian gardens. Grown primarily for its fragrance, you may also find recipes for its inclusion in food and drinks as well as in remedies.