Dan, the flower that you think is Lavender, is called:
Anise Hyssop, the cultivar is Blue Fortune.
I take cuttings off the mother plants in the spring and propogate them into new plants. I have about 40 Anise Hyssop. The bees are beyond nuts over these flowers, they bloom from the beginning of July until frost kill. Incredible nectar and pollen gathering for the bees. The flowers and leaves have the most beautiful aroma of licorice, it is an incredible plant. I encourage everyone to get some Anise Hyssop and grow them for the plants. You should look at some of my posts regarding the Hyssops, do an advanced search, in my threads, if you are interested. Have the most wonderful and awesome day. Cindi
My bees here are indeed Canadian, hee, hee....I think it is the type of sunflowers that I grow. They are open pollinated, non-hybrid. Sometimes many hybrids do not provide pollen, they are sterile flowers.
This is an example of some of the cuttings that are about 1-1/2 months old, the blooms are just beginning. The mother plants would have already been blooming for about 3 weeks. The second picture is some of the mother plants.
This is another view of the Anise Hyssop, with other plants in the background.