I came back from visiting a friend in France a few years back and planted lavender in my backyard. Texas is much like Provence in climate and I figured, "why not?" It took the tiny plants a few years to get going, and a harsh El Nino winter in 2010-2011 nearly wiped them out. But my little lavender plants are back this year, and blooming well - a full month ahead of schedule, but hey, global warming is all a myth, right ? I'm about to go out and cut them, so if you want some fresh lavender, come on by !