Versatile, fragrant and beautiful both fresh and dried, lavender is a favorite in perennial gardens, cutting gardens and herb gardens. Its fragrant, showy flowers burst into bloom in the summertime and attract butterflies. While beautiful in fresh floral bouquets, lavender can also be dried and used in potpourris and sachets. For an impressive look, plant this herbaceous, sun-loving perennial in groups or masses. Once established, lavender is drought tolerant, and deer tend to pass it by. Most lavender plant varieties grow in zones 5-8. When buying lavender plants for sale online, some factors to consider are the variety's mature height and spread and soil requirements.