Lavender is a low-maintenance perennial native to the Mediterranean region. These aromatic lavender blossoms bring a wonderful scent to your garden. We have the most popular varieties such as the French lavender 'Lavandula stoechas' and the English lavender 'munstead, hidcote angustifolia' in shades of purple and blue. They attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. They thrive from early summer through fall and can be planted in containers and gardens. Did you know that lavender is also ideal for creating informal hedges.
Lavender is one of the most useful plants you can grow in your garden
The pretty violet flower spikes can be dried to make aromatic arrangements or pot pourri. They are high on aroma and have great strong coloured flowers. Did you know lavender can be used in aromatherapy for relaxation and it's healing properties or simply left to grow in the garden where it will repel pests from nearby shrubs and roses.With these lavender plants you can easily recreate the French Provence in your own garden! Plant the Lavender in large groups togehtehr for best results.
French Lavender or English Lavender?
Lavender plants come in different varieties, we stock the French variety Stoechas, and 2 English varieties Munstead and Hidcote.
How to Care for a Lavender Hedge
Lavender makes a good Hedge with a height of up to 60cm. Make a trench of 30 cm deep and 20 cm wide, fill this up with a mix of potting compost and coarse sand. Plant the lavender plants with a spacing of 15cm (7 plants on a meter). Give lavender in early spring a dung with a organic fertiliser pellets and during May and July a compound fertiliser.
Important: as soon as the flowers fade into a gray blue trim down the flowerstalks to just under neath the first row of foliage (top down). This keeps the growth Healthy and New wood underneath will be grow. During end of March - early April trim the whole Hedge down to 2/3 of its height (take 1/3 off) this will stimulate growth of New flower shoot on the wood grown during summer of last year. By doing so you will get more flowers on a Healthy strong Hedge which is well shaped.
What is the optimal temperature for growing lavender plants?
Lavender plants prefer temperatures between 15-25°C (59-77°F) and will struggle to thrive in temperatures above 30°C (86°F) or below 5°C (41°F).
How much sun do lavender plants need?
Lavender plants require full sun, at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day, to grow and produce flowers.
What is the best soil for growing lavender plants?
Lavender plants prefer well-drained, sandy or gravelly soil with a neutral pH of 7. They do not tolerate heavy clay or waterlogged soils.
How often should lavender plants be watered?
Lavender plants are drought-tolerant and do not require frequent watering. Water them once a week or when the soil feels dry to the touch. Over-watering can lead to root rot.
How should lavender plants be fertilized?
Lavender plants do not require heavy fertilization. A light application of a balanced fertilizer or a top dressing of well-rotted manure in spring is sufficient. Avoid over-fertilizing as it can lead to weak, leggy growth.
When should lavender plants be pruned?
Lavender plants should be pruned in late summer or early fall, after the flowers have faded. Prune back the stems by about one-third to encourage bushiness and new growth.
What pests and diseases are common in lavender plants?
Lavender plants are generally resistant to pests and diseases, but can be affected by spider mites, whiteflies, and powdery mildew. Preventing infestations and maintaining good air circulation around the plants can help prevent these issues.
Can lavender plants be grown in pots?
Yes, lavender plants can be grown in pots. They should be planted in a well-draining potting mix, and the pot should have drainage holes to prevent waterlogging. Be sure to choose a container that is large enough to accommodate the plant's mature size.
How long do lavender plants live?
Lavender plants can live for several years, up to 15 years with proper care and in a suitable environment.
How can lavender be used?
Lavender can be used for culinary, medicinal, and ornamental purposes. The flowers and leaves can be dried and used in sachets, potpourris, and herbal teas. It is also used in perfumes, soaps, and cosmetics. In addition, the essential oil of lavender can be used for aromatherapy, massage and in home cleaning products.