The Content Of The Article:
- Lavender in the pot
- Garden design with lavender
- Recipes with lavender
In order to enjoy the flowering and the scent of lavender, you do not necessarily have to drive to Provence in the south of France. We show you the most beautiful ideas with lavender, so that the local garden becomes a Mediterranean holiday paradise.
The ingredients of the real lavender are appreciated in medicine and cosmetics. With a self-applied oil (left), for example, you can treat insect bites. A fragrant wrapping for the lantern (right) is made even faster and keeps annoying mosquitoes away from the seat: simply tie strings around the glass and put the flower heads of lavender cut to the appropriate length in between
True lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and Provence lavender (L. x intermedia) are indeed Mediterranean plants, but they feel quite comfortable even in our latitudes when they get a full sun in the bed or in the pot and the soil is well drained - especially in winter, the roots should not get too wet. The many varieties of different heights, which bloom in the most beautiful blue and violet shades as well as in pink or white, make it easy to find the suitable variant for your own garden.
Lavender in the pot
Pure relaxation is guaranteed by the inviting sunbed and a lush flowery frame of lavender, roses and geraniums (left). Pink lavender (L. stoechas, right) blooms from spring, depending on the region from April or May, into midsummer. Named are the showy, pink or purple bracts at the top of the flower ear. The species is sensitive to frost and needs a sheltered place in winter
Garden design with lavender
Lavender can be put individually or better in groups between other Mediterranean herbs such as sage, thyme and oregano or combined with flowering shrubs. Even with pink or white roses, the blue of the lavender looks fantastic - as the plants have different soil requirements, the combination of roses and lavender is not optimal from a gardening point of view. A low bed of lavender, which accompanies a path, for example, is a special eye-catcher in summer.
In order to enjoy the unmistakable scent to the fullest, the bed directly on the sunny terrace is an optimal location. If there is not enough space in the bed, you can also put a planted bucket next to the sun lounger or the outdoor sofa: After all, the essential oils of lavender have the reputation of having a relaxing effect, and also keep mosquitos at a distance.
Lavender is beautifully planted over large areas. The violet-blue flowers harmonize well with the border of the terrace bed made of light concrete (left). The sitting area (right) was inspired by the oriental style. Lavender, lemon balm, lupine, bellflower and a vine surround the cozy sofa. In the evening, Moroccan lanterns provide a good mood
However, lavender fans not only enjoy the semi-shrubbery as bed and terrace ornaments, but also use the flowers in many ways. For example, they flavor ice cream and long drinks. You can also spice up hearty dishes such as grilled fish. But beware, the aroma of the flowers is very intense. It is best to mix them with other herbs such as rosemary and thyme, as well as sea salt. For pure enjoyment one uses only plants in organic quality. If the newly purchased lavender comes from conventional cultivation, you wait at least one year until the first harvest.
Recipes with lavender
Lavender ice cream (left) and gin and tonic with lavender flowers (right)
Lavender ice cream
For 4 people:
- 3 tsp locust bean gum
- 120 g of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of vanilla sugar
- 250 ml of milk
- 250 g of cream
- 1 tbsp fresh lavender flowers
- 1 untreated lemon (attrition and juice)
1. Mix locust bean gum with sugar and vanilla sugar.
2. Stir in the pot with milk and cream and bring to a boil while stirring. Chop the lavender flowers and add to the milk mixture.
3. Remove from heat and let cool. Stir in the lemon rind and juice, leave to cool creamy in an ice cream maker.
4. To serve, cut off the cam and fill it into beakers as desired.
Gin Tonic with lavender flowers
For 1 long drink glass:
- 1 tbsp fresh lavender flowers
- 4 cl gin, 2 cl sugar syrup
- 3 cl freshly squeezed lemon juice
- approx. 250 ml of well-cooled Tonic Water
- Lavender flowers and lemon balm for decorating
1. Leave lavender flowers in the gin for about 10 minutes, then strain.
2. Gin, sugar syrup and citrus juice in the shaker, shake very well.
3. Add the gin mix to a pre-chilled longdrink glass, top up with Tonic Water. Decorate with lavender and single lemon balm leaves.