Lavender

4 inch pot – $2.50  Quart – $4.00   Gallon – $5.97   Ready by Spring 2017

English Lavender ‘Grosso’                                                 Courtesy of Walter Gardens Inc.

Every herb grower must have lavender in their garden since this aromatic ornamental is also useful for crafts and cosmetics.  Lavender ‘Munstead’ has  silver foliage with blue-violet blooms.  Both the blooms and the stems are fragrant.   Lavender is an indispensable herb for its fragrant flowers and foliate, but also useful as a low hedge, edging, or specimen plant.  The finely textured foliage blends with many other plants while the flowers bloom for long periods of time and useful fresh or dried.  A great companion plant for roses and one that deer avoid.

 

 

Lavender requires full sun and well drained soil.  They tolerate drought, heat,and wind ,but not wet soil or poor drainage.  I found out that the easiest way to kill off this otherwise “easy care” plant, is to give it too much water or plant it in soil that does not drain well.  If your soil is full of clay, put some sand or gravel in the bottom of the hole you dig before placing your plant in the ground as this will help with drainage.  I have clay soil and grow lavender in my beds.  I Love the wonderful smell and purple blooms.  My grandaughter Parker and I used dried lavender from the garden to make bath salts to give as Christmas gifts.  Such a versatile plant and an important herb to grow because as well as being beautiful and aromatic, lavender flowers are also edible. They can be used raw in salads, added to soups and stews, used as a seasoning, baked into cookies and brewed into tea.

Hardy in zones 5-9.  English Lavender (Lavandula x intermedia ‘Grosso’) has plump, violet-blue flower spikes .  The long flower stems make this variety especially good for use in bouquets.  This hybrid was first developed in French for  perfumes and essential oils.  A staple plant for every sunny garden where its dried flowers are often used for potpourris and arrangements.

2 thoughts on “Lavender

  1. Alex Dye

    Hello, I am looking for some lavender to plant along my flower garden. The garden is located along the from of my house and is 30ft long. It will get full sun. Do you have any recommendations? If so how many plants and what size would you recommend?

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    1. Becky Pratt Post author

      Alex, sorry it has taken so long to respond. Warm weather has come early so I am frantically working to get ready for Spring. My lavender plants are slow getting going this year and are not quite ready yet. The distance between plantings will depend upon the type of lavender you buy. Usually 12 to 18 inches apart will work. Soil must be well draining and in full sun. Thank you for looking at my web site and would love to have you visit sometime. Becky

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