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Learn How To Plant, Care and Grow Gorgeous Lavender

Planting Lavender, Growing Lavender, Caring for Lavender


A beloved favorite of Mediterranean gardens, Lavender (Lavandula) is a gifted shrub that is full of talents including being delightfully scented. Blooming over a long season, Lavender provides attractive evergreen foliage and can be used in a myriad of ways, such as edging, hedging, as an accent plant, or in patio containers. Easy to grow and drought-tolerant, Lavender has fairly limited needs.

All you need to know about Lavender

  • Lavender is a member of the mint family of flowering plants, Lamiaceae. It includes 47 species that are native to the Old World and is found in Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, and from Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia to India.
     
  • There are 5 main types of Lavender: English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), French Lavender (Lavandula dentata), Portuguese Lavender (Lavandula latifolia), Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas) and Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia).
     
  • The most popular and widely cultivated species is Lavandula angustifolia, followed by Lavandula stoechas and Lavandula x intermedia. Learn how to choose the right Lavender.
     
  • Most Lavenders are hardy from Zones 5 to 9, except Spanish Lavender which is only hardy in Zones 8 to 9.
     
  • Lavender flowers are available in a wide range of colors including blue-violet, white, pink, and of course a wide range of purples! Find your favorite Lavender by flower color.
     
  • English Lavender typically blooms in June or July for about 3-4 weeks.​ Lavandin typically blooms in July or August (generally 1 month later than English Lavender) and tends to last until late summer. Spanish Lavender typically blooms as early as May (in areas with mild summers and winters) with another flush of blooms in June followed by another flush of color in late summer or fall. Learn more about Lavenders and blooming seasons.
     
  • Lavender shrubs range in height from very compact plants that do not grow more than 12 in. (30 cm) to varieties that easily reach 3 ft. high. Dwarf Lavender varieties are ideal for containers while the taller ones are great candidates for hedges.
     
  • Lavender performs best in full sun in poor to moderately fertile well-drained soil.
     
  • Lavender adds a wonderful touch to flower borders, city gardens, coastal gardens, gravel gardens, cottage gardens, or herb gardens. It can be used as a low hedge or edging to a border. It also grows well in patio containers.
     
  • The richly fragrant flowers attract bees and other pollinating insects to the garden. Lavender is not generally a plant that deer or other animals seek out to eat, but if other food sources are scarce, they may come along and make a meal out of your Lavender.
     
  • Lavender is toxic to dogs, cats, and horses.
     
  • Lavender tends to be trouble-free if grown in the right conditions.

 

Guide Information

Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Lavandula - Lavender
Exposure Full Sun
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Edging, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Cutting Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Lavandula - Lavender
Exposure Full Sun
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Edging, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Cutting Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
Compare All Lavandula - Lavender Great Plant Combination Ideas with Lavandula - Lavender Guides with Lavandula - Lavender

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