Favored for their clouds of purple blooms and sweet fragrance, hardy lavenders are always popular. Native to the Mediterranean region (not England or France!), they are drought tolerant and are found in colors from white to pink to lavenders, blues and purples. Foliage is green, silver, gray or variegated, and the hardier lavenders are evergreen.
Lavender prefers well-drained soil, and deep but infrequent watering. Organic matter mixed with our heavy clay soil helps with drainage, as will a raised bed or mound. Lavender require little to no fertilizer. They like a lime-based soil, so it is recommended to add a little lime in autumn or when preparing soil for planting – blood or bone meal make good nitrogen sources.
Avoid chemical fertilizers as well as chicken and pig manures. A little compost spread over roots in spring is also beneficial. Once established, avoid overhead water which can cause the plant to split open and also makes the plant susceptible to diseases. Prune by cutting back from ⅓ to ½ of foliage after each year’s bloom period.
Spanish Lavender is best for the garden while English Lavender is best in the kitchen.
Some varieties we often carry