French Lavender

Attractive, low-growing lavender shrubs are beneficial to all gardens, as bees love these plants.
The hardy French lavender, Lavandula dentata, has soft, grey-green leaves and spikes of fragrant purple flowers. Also known as the toothed or fringed lavender, this variety produces flowers almost all year in most parts of Australia. Originally from the Mediterranean, it enjoys hot summers and is drought-tolerant. It does not require a lot of fertiliser or care, and is happy in pretty much any well-drained, or gravelly, soil that has a pH close to neutral. An annual sprinkling of agricultural lime around the base, watered in, not only keeps these plants healthy, it increases the strength of the perfume. A light, haircut-style pruning when flowering is finished will encourage side shoots to produce flowering stems. However, avoid cutting into old wood as they do not produce new shoots.
Although not used in recipes like English lavender because the flowers and leaves contain more camphor, dried flowers and leaves placed into small muslin bags make excellent moth and pest deterrents for linen and clothing storage. They are also used as lavender pillows for insomnia and, interestingly, they have a similar calming effect on bees.