Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, is the herb best known for that "love it or hate it" soapy aroma. In Zone 4, it is a short-lived perennial that tends to die out by the third year. With mulch, plants may survive as perennials in a protected site with good drainage. Start lavender indoors (seeds are slow to germinate, so don't despair) and transplant outside when weather is warm and settled. Plants can also be grown from stem cuttings or division. Lavender is most widely used in potpourris, sachets, and floral wreaths, and it is very popular in aromatherapy as a calming, soothing scent.