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Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) can be combined with numerous plants that also prefer a dry and sunny location in the garden. We introduce you to the most beautiful companion plants for beds and pots.

In a nutshell

  • needs a lot of sun, warmth and dry soil
  • Choose species with the same location and soil requirements
  • other Mediterranean species very well suited
  • purple lavender very pretty with white or yellow flowering companion plants
  • also flowers in blue, white and pink


Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

This popular herb is also known under the names Wild Marjoram or Wild Dost. It is native to the Mediterranean countries, where it grows wild in warm, dry places.

  • sunny, warm location
  • permeable, lean soil
  • only fertilize with mature compost
  • blooms between July and September
  • attracts bees and butterflies

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary is at home on sunny rocky slopes in the Mediterranean region. With us, the heat-requiring shrub, with the exception of special varieties such as 'Arp', is not hardy.

  • lots of sun and warmth
  • permeable, humus-rich soil
  • Growth height up to approx. 100 centimetres
  • evergreen shrub

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Sage comes in many different varieties, some with attractive variegated foliage. Like all Mediterranean herbs, this companion plant also needs a sunny and warm location.

  • woody perennial
  • becomes about 80 centimeters high
  • pretty purple flowers
  • blooms between June and August

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

There is also a large variety of thyme, which not only differ in appearance but also in their scent. Lemon thyme, for example, is very pretty with its colorful leaves and violet flowers.

  • flat-growing semi-shrub
  • grows to about 40 centimeters high
  • evergreen
  • blooms between May and October

Tip: So-called summer thyme, also known as French thyme, grows quickly but is sensitive to frost. The German or winter thyme is much more resistant.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

The flowering lemon balm is also a popular bee plant.

  • grows up to a meter high
  • robust and hardy
  • bushy growth
  • white flowers from June to August

Tip: You can prepare a refreshing tea from the tender, young leaves.

Perennials and other flowering plants from B to F

Blue rattle (Catananche caerulea)

This perennial produces pretty purple or blue cupped flowers that bloom into autumn.

Source: Joan Simon from Barcelona, España, Catananche caerulea (15158725598), Edited by Plantopedia, CC BY-SA 2.0
  • Growth height 40 to 80 centimeters
  • Flowering period June to September
  • valuable nectar and pollen plant

Curry herb (Helichrysum italicum)

The bright yellow flowers of the species, also known as Italian helichrysum, form a beautiful contrast to the purple flowers of lavender as a companion plant.

  • up to 90 centimeters high semi-shrub
  • dense bushy growth
  • blooms from July to September
  • light scent

Tip: The curry herb is also an old spice and medicinal plant. A tea made from leaves is said to help against coughs.

Stonecrop (Sedum)

Tall sedum species tolerate a lot of drought and need full sun. Otherwise they are very undemanding.

Fat hen, sedum
  • succulent
  • Growth height depending on the variety up to 70 centimeters
  • Flowering period August to October
  • attract butterflies and bees

Tip: Sedum can be combined not only with lavender, but also with grasses and cushion asters.

Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla)

The felty lady's mantle (Alchemilla glaucescens) and the silver lady's mantle (Alchemilla hoppeana) are particularly suitable for dry and lean locations.

  • pretty yellow single flowers
  • very long flowering period until October
  • popular bee food plant

Perennials and other flowering plants from H to L

Holy herb (Santolina)

The evergreen saint's herb is ideal for rock and gravel gardens.

  • heavily branched semi-shrub
  • hairy leaves
  • Flowering period from June to August
  • yellow or white flower heads

Carthusian carnation (Dianthus carthusianorum)

The native Carthusian carnation is also known as stone carnation and is characterized by its undemanding nature. These and other types of carnations can be perfectly combined with lavender.

  • Growth height up to 60 centimeters
  • Flowering period June to September
  • crimson cup flowers
  • smell subtle

Mullein (Verbascum)

The tall flower stalks of these attractive summer flowers look like giant candelabra. With their yellow flower candles, mulleins can be wonderfully combined with lavender.

  • Growth height 150 to 250 centimeters
  • Flowering period June to August
  • sow themselves
  • well-known medicinal plant

Lupine (Lupinus)

Lupins belong to the legume family and form wonderful groups with their tall flower spikes in white, yellow, red, pink, blue or violet - also as companion plants to lavender.

  • Growth height 80 to 120 centimeters
  • Flowering time May to July
  • Cut off faded flowers for a rebloom in September
  • very hardy and will grow almost anywhere

Perennials and other flowering plants from M to R

Maideneye (Coreopsis)

The daisy flower, which belongs to the daisy family, is characterized by tireless, month-long summer blooms.

  • bright yellow flowers
  • Growth height depending on the variety 30 to 100 centimeters
  • Flowering time July to September
  • nice contrast with blue lavender

Tip: Coreopsis grandiflora 'Schnittgold' has particularly large flowers.

Marguerite (Leucanthemum x superbum)

The tall white summer daisies from the daisy family are among the classic perennials and can be beautifully combined with lavender.

Source: Captain-tucker, Leucanthemum x superbum 'Becky' in NH, Edited by Plantopedia, CC BY-SA 3.0
  • Growth height depending on the variety 50 to 100 centimeters
  • Planting distance 50 to 80 centimeters
  • Flowering time July to August
  • Propagation by division and sowing

Tip: A bed with daisies, delphiniums, poppies, phlox and lupins as companion plants to fragrant lavender is very attractive.

Marian bellflower (Campanula medium)

Marian bluebells form large, rounded bells that grow in abundance. There are filled and unfilled varieties in white, pink and purple-blue.

Source: Daderot, Campanula medium - Longwood Gardens - DSC01098, Edited from Plantopedia, CC0 1.0
  • Growth height 40 to 80 centimeters
  • Flowering time June to July
  • Sow May to June
  • needs nutrient-rich soil

Larkspur (Delphinium)

The delphinium with its striking, mostly blue flower spikes and the almost man-high growth is one of the most beautiful companion plants for lavender. It is best to choose white flowering varieties.

  • attract bees and bumblebees
  • Flowering time between the end of June and September
  • annual and perennial varieties
  • also pink, red and purple flower colors

Perennials and other flowering plants from S to Z

Gypsophila (Gypsophila)

The dainty carnation plant is covered with a veil of pink or white flowers when it blooms.

  • different types and varieties
  • pretty with lavender especially Gypsophila elegans
  • also attractive Gypsophila (Gypsophila repens)
  • as a fragrant filler between lavender bushes

Tip: The short-lived Gypsophila elegans blooms for another six weeks about six weeks after sowing. Sown at intervals of two to three weeks and you will have flowering gypsophila until autumn.


Also known as pincushions, scabioses bloom on long stalks in pink, mauve, or deep purple. They belong to the cardinal family.

  • densely filled flowers
  • Height depending on the variety 40 to 90 centimeters
  • Flowering time July to November
  • annual, sow from March

Spider Flower (Cleome spinosa)

An attractive annual with distinctive inflorescences in white, lilac or pink, the spider flower makes an ideal companion plant for lavender.

Source: Dinkum, Cleome spinosa "Helene Cambel", Adapted from Plantopedia, CC0 1.0
  • prefer from March
  • Growth height 90 to 100 centimeters
  • Flowering time July to September
  • works best in group plantings

Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)

The huge mallow plant is an unmissable eye-catcher with its colorful flowers.

Hollyhock, Alcea rosea
  • Flowers of many colors
  • Height of growth two to three meters
  • Flowering time July to September
  • need nutrient-rich soil

Tip: To prevent the long shoots from snapping, you should tie them to a stake or something similar.

ornamental onion (Allium)

The ornamental onion is one of the onion flowers and inspires with its spherical flower balls in white, red, pink or violet.

  • belongs to the amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae)
  • many different types and varieties
  • Growth height up to 150 centimeters
  • Balls of flowers up to 25 centimeters in diameter

frequently asked Questions

Why are there no roses in this list?

Roses and lavender do indeed make a wonderful combination and are therefore often planted together. This classic companion plant does not appear in our list for two reasons: on the one hand, this arrangement is well known and it is important to us to present you with a few new ideas. On the other hand, the two species also have very different requirements in terms of location, soil and care, which can lead to problems.

What planting distance do you have to keep between the plants?

When fully grown, a lavender bush is about 30 to 40 centimeters wide and just as high. If you want to plant several lavender plants together, the planting distance should be at least 30 centimeters. How much space you leave between other species depends on their expected growth and can vary quite a bit accordingly.

Are there other types of lavender?

In addition to real lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), there are other types that you can of course combine with each other. The crested lavender (Lavandula stoechas), for example, is very popular, but it is not hardy and therefore has to be replanted every year. The so-called Provence lavender (Lavandula x intermedia) is a particularly strongly scented hybrid breed. With a growth height of up to 100 centimetres, the little-known Speik lavender (Lavandula latifolia) is significantly larger than other types of lavender.

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