The Three Basics for Growing Lavender in the Herb or Flower Garden
Growing lavender is one of the most popular herb garden activities
throughout the world and this plant has been grown for centuries.
One of the first recorded uses is from the ancient Egyptians who used
it as a central ingredient in incense. They even used it in embalming
But if we assume you don't want to use it for this purpose, but rather
grow it in your garden what are the basic things you need to know.
Lavender on drying racks
Propagating Your Own
Lavender is easy from soft cuttings. Here are the instructions
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Lavender is also relatively easy to start from seed. Here are the instructions
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Lavender Growing Conditions
Full sunlight is essential to grow a great smelling lavender plant. The
more shade you give it - the softer and leggier the plant will be. Soft
leggy plants do not have nearly the same perfume intensity as their
Well drained soils are essential. You can grow lavender in almost any
soil that is well-drained. Particularly if well-drained during the
winter months. This means that clay soils will pretty much kill
lavenders because they hold too much moisture during the winter.
Feeding is pretty much optional. I generally try to give mine a shovel
of compost in the spring but that's about it. Like many herbs, the
tougher you grow them, the more concentrated the essential oil in the
leaves, and this is what we want.
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Here are the instructions for drying herbs such as lavender
Good Lavender Varieties
Is there such a thing as a bad one ? :-)
- the English lavenders - are some
of the hardiest and easiest to overwinter. Examples of these would be
‘Munstead' and ‘Hidcote'. These are usually hardy into USDA 4 if grown
L. x intermedia
is a cross between L.
and the more tender L. latifolia
These are excellent growing plants but are marginally hardy in USDA
zone 5-6. Examples would be ‘Provence' and ‘Grosso'
is the French lavender and it is quite
tender - hardy into USDA 7 / 9 but a tender annual in the north. New
varieties are stunningly beautiful and the reds of ‘Kew Red' or grey
leaves of 'Goodwin Creek Gray' live only in my warm-spot overwintered
Those are the basics of growing lavender in the home garden.
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