I think that one of the most stunning ways to landscape a walkway is to edge it on both sides with lavender – I still remember the front walk at a bed & breakfast on Lopez Island in the San Juans, where we stayed every year, and when we had our house built, I wanted a front walkway just like that. Because I had so much room to work with here, I added lavender borders in the rose garden and the walkway leading up to the vegetable garden, too.
And, as an added bonus, the bees in our hive seem to be particularly grateful for the lavender – the bushes fairly hum when you’re near them right now! I’m looking forward to the idea of getting lavender honey in the fall.
Every time I plant new lavender, I try out a different variety – I don’t make note of all of the names, but it’s amazing how different they look! Some have grey foliage, some grow more in a bushy mound, while others grow tall, straight stalks. I’ve got Spanish lavender planted on sunny berms, and even pink lavender: