May 17, 2014
What is there not to love about lavender? It is incredibly easy to maintain and once it is established you will have a happy and healthy plant for many years to come!
Lavender is one of those beautiful garden plants that even the least green fingered gardening novice could grow. The reason for this is that lavender is incredibly low maintenance while providing magnificent, scent filled flowers that bring a touch of classic elegance to any garden.
On top of this it is the perfect plant for attracting lots of lovely buzzy bees and wildlife into your garden.
It is commonly thought of as quintessentially British, yet lavender actually originated on the coastal hills of the Mediterranean, where sunny days are the norm and their soil is rather dry. This is where having free draining soil will let your lavender plants thrive.
1) Location, Location, Location : Thankfully Lavender suits the unpredictable climate that we have in the UK perfectly! There is almost no situation where established Lavender will require watering. The long, thin, thick leaves are known for preserving water, so even in times where there has been very little rainfall, Lavender thrives!
Lavender can also survive and thrive in areas of shade as well, as long as you avoid areas under trees or leafy canopy’s your lavender will be fine. If your soil has a clay like consistency add some sand and/or grit to improve the drainage for your Lavender plants.
2) Planting your Lavender Plants : Now that you have found the perfect spot for your lavender, we would advise planting them on a cool day instead of in the blazing sunshine, then dig out the spaces for your lavender (ensuring that the plants are firmly in the soil). If your lavender plants are showing some woody growth at the base you can of course plant them slightly deeper, 1/2 – 1″ below the soil level to cover the bare stems and encourage new shoots, you can then stand back and marvel at your hard work!
3) When to water : For newly planted Lavender, give it a good drop of water 2-3 times a week for the first couple of months, but be careful not to over water your Lavender. As every garden’s condition can differ, we would suggest that you check your plants carefully and ensure that you care for them accordingly.
4) Hungry? There is no need to feed your lavender with any plant food or anything else, however potash can promote flowering.
You can use the lavender flowers throughout the year in food and around the home
5) When to trim your lavender : You want to be cutting back your lavenders after the lavender has finished its flowering for the summer, in the UK this is usually around the end of August to the start of September. It is essential that you prune your plants below the flower stems and into the plant itself, this will leave a lovely dome for the winter months.
You too can have thriving lavender plants that will provide decades of beauty along with the well known timeless scent of lavender.
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