If you’re thinking of planting lavender in your garden but are a little unsure what you need to do, have a quick read of our planting advice here.
- Plant now in lots of sunlight
The lavender plants you buy are ready to be planted upon delivery. Select an area of the garden that receives a lot of sunlight.
- Clear the soil of any roots or plant debris and ensure water easily drains through the soil
Prepare the area by turning and loosening the soil and removing roots or plant debris that may be left there. You can add small stones or pebbles as well as sand and grit to the soil to help with drainage. We also have compost available that you can add to your soil to further aid drainage and nutrient retention.
**Avoid surrounding the plants with bark until they are established. We’ve found that bark doesn’t allow water to evaporate from the ground, which means it becomes too wet for newly planted lavender.**
- Water plants in but give little after
The plants will need watering in but after the first week they won’t need much water. Originating in the Mediterranean, lavender is very drought tolerant; it can thrive in dry, nutrient deprived soil without a lot of water.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner; why not create your own delightful, easy-to-make pot pourri? This recipe is not only incredibly simple to create but because the ingredients are 100% natural, there are no chemicals invading your home.
Dried flowers, in particular dried lavender, dried rose petals and dried rose buds, were used in medieval times to freshen rooms and washing (Lavender is still used today in washing powder).
Our favourite recipe is Lavender & Rose. The lavender provides a relaxing, calming scent and the rose petals work perfectly while providing their own signature scent.
Lavender & Rose Potpourri
4 Cups of Dried Lavender
2 Cups of Dried Rose Petals
1 Cup of Dried Rose Buds
5-10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (or any alternative that you prefer)
Pop all of your dried items into a plastic container and mix them together so that they are evenly distributed.
You’ll now need to blend your pot pourri mix with 5-10 drops of your chosen essential oil. This needs to be evenly distributed in the flowers and will intensify the scent of the pot pourri.
To allow the scent to intensify your pot pourri, store the pot pourri mixture in an air tight container for a week.
It really is that simple! Now you have your very own pot pourri blend that will not only look absolutely stunning in your home, but it is also chemical free!
Lavenders need pruning annually to ensure they keep a tidy, uniform shape but also to promote new growth through early spring, this will aid the growth of those beautiful, fragrant flowers in the summer. Failure to prune these elegant shrubs will result in a woody, spread out and old-looking appearance and less of the flowers we desire. It is important to allow the lavender time to establish its roots through the first summer, this will give it the best chance of being as strong as possible; if we were to prune lavender too early, it will put more focus into… read more »
It seems that lavender has been a plant of interest for centuries, used by populations all over the world, with many discovering new uses and passing this knowledge down whilst trading resources. The Arabs, Greeks, and Romans; as well as English and French royalty used lavender extensively for the different proposed benefits it brings. It is thought that the Arabs were the first population to farm and distil lavender; they believed that it could ease the nervous system, reduce stress and helped them achieve a deeper sleep. Arabian physicians swore by lavender for its ability to clean wounds, kill germs… read more »
With the beautiful spring weather expected to make an appearance any time now (fingers crossed), it’s the perfect time to add the vibrant and vivid colours that Lavender plants bring to our garden; and don’t just think of the traditional purple colour, different varieties can introduce beautiful, gentle pinks and elegant whites. Pink The delicate pink of Angustifolia Rosea (height 60cm) can bring a subtle but beautiful variation of traditional lavender, with its unmistakable shape and fragrance, Rosea is a great choice to add colour to a hedge row or used alongside the more traditional purple plants and the… read more »
We’ve all been there, after the festiveness of Christmas has faded and our homes are empty of festive decorations and displays, we begin to look at ways to brighten up our home, without a bauble in sight! It isn’t all about decorations, there are a whole host of ways that you can bring lavender into your home, from the best lavender latte to perk up your mornings, to a truly decadent body lotion that will leave your skin feeling silky smooth. We have listed some of our absolute favourite ways to bring lavender into your home below, so get ready… read more »
February is the month of love, and is there a better way to say ‘I Love You’ than with a handful of homemade gifts and sweet treats, there is even a pinch of lavender in every recipe we will be sharing today. On the 14th of February people can go a little nuts with purchasing lots of gifts and cards, but you don’t have to spend an absolute fortune to show your love on this most romantic of days. We will be sharing our top 3 recipes, that are not only super simple to create but extremely friendly on your… read more »