Growing Lavender is Easy
Gardening Tips for Growing Lavender
- Lavenders must be planted in well-drained soil. 0 tolerance for poor drainage. Adding sand to the soil can improve drainage quality
- They do not tolerate humidity – damp, still air makes them susceptible to fungus ailments
- Put your Lavenders in full sun. 6-8 hours of solid sunshine is best. These are Mediterranean natives!
Lavender BloomsIf you are growing Lavender for the blooms, harvest the flower stems early in the blooming cycle. You can prune them after flowering to help them maintain their shape. Lavenders make a lovely ornamental shrub.
Species of Lavender Plants
There are a number of different species of Lavender. Lavender augustifola is commonly referred to as English Lavender, though, botanically, there is no such thing. It is named ‘English’ because it was grown for the English perfume industry. We grow two Lavender agustifolia:
- Lavender Munstead – This is a wonderful dwarf variety, growing no larger than 18” with tightly held blooms. It has medium purple blooms and makes an attractive gray bush, perfect for hedgin.
- Lavender Hidcote – A smaller Lavender plant at 12”, this Lavender makes a good culinary choice. It can be used in the garden as an accent plant, and it fits perfectly in a container.
The Lavandin species of Lavender are a class of hybrids – a cross of agustifolia and L. latifolia. The Lavandins include:
- Lavender Grosso – Commonly grown for its thick, dark purple flower spikes. Grosso grows into a 16” high mound with a 3’ spread. This Lavender is also known as “Fat Spike.”
- Lavender Provence – A fragrant ornamental plant that reaches 2’ in height. It is a long blooming Lavender grown for its oil and dried blooms, which are edible.