No, these beautiful flowers that you see in this photo are not lavender. This plant is called Perovskia Atriplicifolia, commonly known as Russian Sage and occasionally Lavender of Afghanistan. Not only is its second name the same as our favorite flower, these two plants are part of the same family and look alike.
Indeed, the flowers of this sage are also a bright purple (and that's what charmed us!). And its foliage resembles those of lavender by its narrow and long leaves.
Both plants do not bloom at the same time. The flowering of fine English lavender (like the ones grown at La Maison Lavande) extends from late June to late July and sage flowers in August and September. This variety is often found on roadsides or in municipal landscaping.
The scent of sage is herbaceous with a hint of spice, which makes its use in perfumery nonexistent.
We have some plants of this "Afghan Lavender" in our fields and landscaping here at Maison Lavande. Why? Because it's beautiful, simply! It allows us to appreciate a beautiful purple flower, to dress our flower beds at this less flowery time of the year. And that, we like it!