Freshly picked and bunched garden Lavender arranged on a vintage garden sieve – © GAP Photos/Gary Smith
By this point in the summer, Lavender blooms are in full swing, filling the garden with perfume and attracting all the local pollinators. Why not capture that essence of summer and harvest some of the flowers now? There are so many ways they can used in the home, be it culinary, decorative or medicinal. You can dry them or use them fresh, depending on the individual project. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Lavender sachets – GAP Photos/Friedrich Strauss
One of the most traditional ways to use dried lavender is to stuff pouches or envelopes with the scented dried flowers, which are then used to perfume parts of the home, traditionally drawers. This makes a really thoughtful gift and is a very natural way to fragrance an area. The smell of Lavender is also thought to be relaxing, so tucking these scented pouches, envelopes and sachets under pillows is another common habit.
Gift box with a small bouquet of dried Lavandula ( lavender ) – © GAP Photos/Friedrich Strauss
A little botanical snippet of flower, seedpod or foliage adds a really interesting touch to gift-wrapped presents. The best thing about using Lavender is that you can use it all year round as Lavender dries beautifully, giving you a constant supply.
Heart of dried Lavandula (lavender) on balcony railing – © GAP Photos/Friedrich Strauss
Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas. Wire or gently wrap lavender stems around a wreath frame of your choice for a scented decoration you can hang on the wall. It is best to do this while the flowers are fresh so the stems are still flexible. This arrangement should last for ages as the flowers will naturally dry while in position.
Decorative touches to dining tables
Lavender wreath round glass cutlery holder – © GAP Photos/Friedrich Strauss
This is another really fun way to decorative a dining table for a special occasion in the summer, especially in mid-summer, when you are more likely to eat outside. Lavender is really versatile, you can use the whole stem or cut off the flowerheads and individually wire them into decorations. We love the simple ways lavender can be used to decorate place settings and other tableware to make everything a little prettier.
Wrapped around candles
Glass decorated with Lavandula ( Lavender ), blue ball candle, white tablet – © GAP Photos/Friedrich Strauss
Either fresh or dry, lavender can be used to add a little something extra to your candles. Wrapped in mini posies to adorn a t-light holder, or used in a very contemporary way to fill tall glass vases. And think of the perfume that will be released as the candles gently warm the lavender.
Turn it into Art
Pressed flowers on paper – © GAP Photos/Friedrich Strauss
Create a textual and abstract piece of art with dried rosemary and petals from other summer flowers. This could be a really fun project to do with kids too.
Glass jars containing Lavender Sugar made from Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ flowers – © GAP Photos
Lavender is actually a herb and can be used in cooking. Gently perfume some sugar by mixing the individual dried flowers into it before storing in an airtight container. Don’t forget to label it in case you forget what you have used. This is a lovely idea for a gift too.
Still life with Lavandula – Lavender, oils, soap, dried flowers – © GAP Photos/Sarah Cuttle
If you are clever enough to make soap or other cosmetics, Lavender is a classic ingredient due to its perfume and other herbal properties. Start harvesting and drying it now so that you have ample supply through the year.