Lavender is an evergreen shrub that produces stunning purple flowers with a beautiful calming scent. Its botanical name is Lavandula and it’s a very easy shrub to grow in your own garden, instantly adding a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere to your outdoor space. Once you have your lavender planted, it will look great all year round, creating neat mounds with narrow green or silvery grey foliage, beneath the purple spires.
If you want to achieve the best possible results from your lavender, it’s important to plant it at the right time of year.
The best time to plant lavender is spring, between April and May when the weather is warming up. Its longevity depends on the environment and the soil. Poor to moderately fertile soil that is free-draining will be ideal, alongside alkaline or chalky soils. If you’re planting lavender on a heavier soil, it’s best to add some gravel or organic matter to help with the drainage.
Lavender can also be planted in large pots using loam-based or multipurpose compost. The compost needs to be regularly watered throughout the summer months, but for the winter, it’s best to keep it in a cold greenhouse or the shadow of walls so it can tolerate the cold.
If you are planting the lavender to use the flowers, make sure some green growth remains beneath. However, if you’re not planning to use the lavender, you still need to clip them over once the flowers have faded to a pale lilac. Cut the stems back by a few inches but not so much that the stems are bare of live foliage. This will increase the life span of your plant.
Pruning should take place in late summer, rather than late autumn, giving the plants enough time to produce new shoots that will ensure they look presentable through the winter!
Lavender is a wonderful plant that not only looks beautiful in our gardens but provides us with amazing aromas and incredible healing properties. If you’re growing your own lavender, we have both Vera and Mustead seeds available here.
Once grown, you can add to cushions or bags to create token gifts or to be used around your own home. The versatility of the plant is what makes it so special, not to forget the flowers are rich in nectar, so play an important role sustaining our bee population!