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Lavender: How to Grow and Use the Fragrant Herb

Lavender: How to Grow and Use the Fragrant Herb
Ellen Spector Platt
Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books
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paper, 114 p., $19.95

Just as the title promises, this attractive and practical book offers useful suggestions for growing, using and enjoying lavender. It briefly describes the many varieties of lavender and outlines several important factors to consider when deciding which species to grow. Emphasizing lavender's foliage as much as its colorful flower, the book covers its potential in both indoor and outdoor settings — such as in rock gardens, knot gardens and kitchens — and how it can function as a border or a hedge and even as topiary. The chapter on growing lavender contains valuable information on its ideal conditions (full sunlight and good drainage are crucial) and advice on buying high-quality seedlings and mature plants, growing from seed, taking cuttings, propagating and pruning. This book familiarizes the reader with the herb's aromatic, cleansing, flavoring and medicinal uses and concludes with several lavender projects (including potpourri and dried flower arrangements) and recipes (like herbed potato salad and lemon loaf lavandula) that unleash these properties.

Informative, well-written and inviting to read, this book provides clear descriptions and detailed instructions, complemented by beautiful four-color photographs. It is an excellent resource for those interested in successfully growing lavender and taking advantage of its many beneficial qualities.

— Nancy Vincent