Mother Earth Living

Harvest, Exchange, Celebrate: Carolyn's Lavender Lemon Verbena Potpurri

The clean, lasting fragrance of this potpourri doesn’t require fixatives or fussing.
By Carolyn Dille
September/October 2005
Add to My MSN

DeWitt and Susan share a stunning array of harvest goodies, including chutney, jams, soaps and lavender sachets. Lavender is a harvest favorite, great for potpurris.
Photo By Barbara Bourne

Content Tools

Related Content

The Rich History and Taste of Mardi Gras

Indulge on Fat Tuesday with these three Mardi Gras-inspired recipes. Bring the celebration right to ...

Uncle Matt's Bottles the Refreshing Taste of Summer with New Homestyle Organic Lemonade

Uncle Matt's announced today the next addition in its premium line of organic juices: not-from-conce...

Try This: Layered Bean Dip Recipe for a Skinny Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowls don't have to leave you in a stuffed, sleepy stupor. Snack on this layered bean dip reci...

Dog Days

We just sent the September/October issue off to the printer, so we’re complete with bathrooms and ha...

Carolyn's Lavender Lemon Verbena Potpurri
Yield varies

The clean, lasting fragrance of this potpourri doesn’t require fixatives or fussing. It’s simple, keeps its scent until the next season, and looks lovely in sheer, purple-toned gift bags. Two lavender plants (Grosso de Provence and Fat Spike Dutch) and one lemon verbena plant will give me enough material for about two dozen 4.5-by-7-inch potpourri bags. The secret is to dry the lavender and lemon verbena completely.

Equal parts lavender buds and lemon verbena leaves
Dried rose petals, if available
4.5 x 7-inch potpourri bags

1. Cut lavender stems when they are still in bud with a few open flowers. Lie flat in a cool, dark place with good air circulation.

2. Harvest lemon verbena stems with few flowers. Spread flat in a cool, dark place with good air circulation.

3. Remove buds from the lavender and leaves from the dried verbena stems. Toss together with rose petals, if you’re using them. Pack into potpourri bags.

Post a comment below.


Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.