LAVENDER

Photo of Spanish Lavender.Lavender is in full bloom here at Farmington Gardens. A great choice for the home landscape, lavender is both heat and drought tolerant and pest and disease resistant. They thrive in full sun and prefer moderately-fertile, well-drained soils.

We have a nice selection of Spanish and English lavender. Fun fact about English lavender – it is confusingly not native to England, but to the Mediterranean! We also have the beautifully unique fernleaf lavender available for purchase.

Consider planting Echinacea alongside your lavender. They both thrive in similar conditions and the pair make for a water-wise garden as we head into the warmer summer months.

Our next plant, yarrow, also makes an excellent companion to lavender. Both plants are known for surviving in poor soils.

 

YARROW

Picture of bright yellow yarrow set against green foliage.Yarrow is a great choice for gardeners who want to attract butterflies to their garden. It is native to North America and is pest resistant, drought tolerant and excellent for cutting and drying. Find a wide selection of yarrow at Farmington Gardens including Strawberry Seduction, Little Moonshine, Terra Cotta, Sunny Seduction, Flowerburst Lilac Shades and more!

 

VERBENA

Photo of purple verbena set against green foliage.Verbena is another great choice to attract beneficial pollinators and is often used in butterfly gardens. They are known for their remarkable ability to continually bloom and can be found in flower from spring till close to the first frost if trimmed back once or twice in mid-summer. Once established these plants are drought tolerant.

Companion plants include edibles such as dill, cilantro and garlic and other ornamental perennials like Shasta daisies, all of which can increase verbenas ability to thrive and resist pests and disease damage.

 

LUPINES

Photo of lupins beginning to bloom, set against a cloudy blue sky.Once upon a time, people believed these beautiful plants were capable of consuming all the nutrients from the soil and were given the name lupin, derived from the Latin term lupinus, meaning “wolfish.” A part of the Fabaceae family, studies now show that lupines are capable of fixing nitrogen in the soil. Nitrogen is an incredibly important soil nutrient that allows plants to grow and is vital to increasing yield if you are growing plants to harvest. Nitrogen fixing plants like lupines and peas (which are also in the Fabaceae family) can help restore this important nutrient and decrease the need to use fertilizers.

Lupines prefer acidic, well drained soils, even rocky conditions.

Find a stunning collection of staircase lupines in a variety of colors at Farmington Gardens. This variety is more heat tolerant than others and will attract beneficial pollinators to your garden!

 

FOXGLOVES

A blooming foxglove set against a blue sky.Foxgloves are biennials and considered short lived perennials, but tend to reseed readily. They grow best in rich, well draining soils. Ideally they would be right at home in a garden that provides morning sun and afternoon shade. These beloved garden favorites attract hummingbirds and add vertical interest to the landscape. They are often used in cut flower arrangements. 

Since the 1700s, people have been using foxgloves for medicinal purposes. In modern times, certain compounds in the leaves are used to help fight against cardiac disease. Despite its use in the medical field, all parts of the plant can be toxic when ingested and it should be kept away from children and pets.

Pair foxgloves with snapdragons, delphiniums, astilbes and irises.