Lavender: It’s an herb, a favorite of pollinators; it smells wonderful and it’s drought tolerant. I consider lavender the perfect Southwestern plant. I guess that’s why I have nearly 20 lavender plants. Lavender (Lavandula) is native to the Mediterranean and North African coast, which speaks to its
Pantone’s color of the year for 2018 is purple. More precisely, it’s Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet. Pantone, which provides color matching for printing and design, says the deep purple color mimics colors in nature. Gardeners agree, of course. Here are my 5 favorite purple perennials to grow in a Southwest garden.