is as pretty to look at as it is heavenly to smell, and it keeps its distinctive fragrance when dried. In midsummer, English lavender produces spikes of purple-blue flowers on slender stalks over shrubby clumps of narrow, silvery leaves. 'Munstead' and 'Hidcote' are more compact, growing only 12 to 18 inches tall, with dark purple flowers. Lavender is a good choice for the front of the border—it must have good drainage to stay healthy. Zones 5 to 8.
Marsh mallow is a beautiful herb that produces attractive pink or white, hollyhock
-like flowers for most of the summer. The broad, oval to heart-shaped, gray-green leaves are velvety soft. Plants grow 3 to 4 feet tall. Zones 3 to 8.