We get this question asked a lot a Yorkshire Lavender – and I can understand why!
At the beginning of the growing season when we visit plant centres and nurseries, we see plants appear, for sale in full leaf with lots of new growth – Be aware! Often plants at this time of year have been grown in hot houses here in England and abroad. (Sadly, too many plants arrive from foreign parts).
It is tempting – and I have done it myself, to buy these luscious plants in early Spring and sink them straight into the cold earth in ones garden. To be horrified after a spring frost to find the adored plant scorched or limp and literally hanging on for dear life for the next few months!
So when buying plants at this time of year – do try and find out the history of them and act accordingly, ie: try to harden your new purchased plant off a little before, planting them out into the cold ground.
We pride ourselves here at Yorkshire Lavender, when asked “are these lavender plants hardy?” and “can we plant them straight away into the ground?” We know here our overwintered plants can tolerate the cold ground, in fact they do have a head start having been hardened off outside in all weathers from strong winds to 30 cm buried in snow. The one thing lavender does not like is to be sat in water!
So Yes! This is a very good time to plant your lavender species Angustifolia and Intermedia.
I must make you aware of the Stoechas (or French/Spanish) variety which is half hardy here in Yorkshire, but in the Spring/Summer time the stoechas make beautiful, strong fragrant lavender plants which flower from May to September if regularly dead headed! We recommend this variety to plant out in April/May but do protect in the winter months.
All lavender plants are so easy to grow and will come back year after year and give you, your bees and butterflies lots of pleasure!
Blog Post by Julia Snowball – Head Gardener at our sister company Yorkshire Lavender.