Answer: Lavender is an herbacious perennial, but it will probably act as an annual in your cold climate, not surviving the tough winters. (It is native to the Mediterranean area.) Burpee sells both seeds and plants of the variety 'Lavender Lady,' which is compact (8-12 inches), hardier than most lavenders, and an All-America selection. It will be an annual in zones colder than zone 5. It blooms the first year. If you use seeds, you may want to start them indoors 8-10 weeks before transplanting outside. Good luck!
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