Lavender (Lavandula spp.)
Lavender Plant FeaturesWhat more can you say about lavender? This amazing perennial sports fragrant blue-green foliage, blue-purple flowers all summer long, and all parts of the plant can be used fresh or dried in recipes or in sachets and potpourris. Plus, lavender flowers will attract butterflies to your garden! It's simply a must-have plant for the flower and landscape borders, herb gardens, or container gardens. Lavender is especially effective planted along walkways and in window boxes where you can enjoy the heavenly fragrance every time you walk by.
In addition to being beautiful and fragrant, lavender is easy to grow if you have a warm, sunny spot. It's drought tolerant and deer and rabbit resistant, too. Plus, it attracts bees and butterflies. For best fragrance, harvest lavender in the morning, just after the dew dries. Flowers that are just about to open are typically the strongest scented.
There are dozens of lavender varieties available, that grow in different sizes and have blooms of varying color. Pick the type that works best for your look.
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Lavender Growing InstructionsLight for Lavender Plants: Grow lavender in a warm, sunny spot -- this plant likes lots and lots of light. Full sun (at least 6 to 8 hours) of direct light per day is best.
Soil for Lavender: One key to success for lavender is to plant it in well-drained soil that doesn't stay wet or muddy after a rain. It even thrives in sandy soils where other plants are likely to sulk. If you have heavy clay or a soil that doesn't drain well, enjoy growing lavender by planting it in raised beds.
Fertilizing Lavender: In good or average soil, lavender typically doesn't require fertilizer to thrive. You can fertilize if you wish, to get more or faster growth, though. Use any general-purpose fertilizer and follow the directions on the product packaging.
Pruning Lavender: Because lavender has a woody base, it's best to prune it in early spring, after the new growth starts to peek out. If you live in a cold-winter climate, don't prune your lavender back in autumn or winter as this can reduce its hardiness. Deadheading old lavender flowers during the growing season can help encourage it to produce more new flowers.
Lavender is not intended for human or animal consumption.
Medium water needs
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