Plant Family Guides: Lavandula---Lavender Guides
Lavender: How to choose the right one?
There are many types and varieties of Lavender and finding the best Lavender plant for your needs might be a daunting task. To assist you in selecting the right plant, we have prepared this guide, which we hope will be helpful to you.
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Learn How To Plant, Care and Grow Gorgeous Lavender
Trouble-free if grown in the right conditions, lavender is a wonderful addition to flower beds and containers thanks to its richly fragrant flowers and aromatic foliage.
Great Rose Companion Plants: Nepeta, Salvia and Lavandula
Highly placed among the favorite rose companion plants are Nepeta (Catmint), hardy Salvia (Sage) and Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender), whose exquisite flower heads contrast beautifully with the billowing pink, red, yellow or white roses.
Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender)
Often associated with the famous purple fields of Provence, Lavandula angustifolia, also called English Lavender, is not native to England but to the Mediterranean. Ideal for garden borders, cooking and potpourri, this lavender also produces the best oils.
Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender)
Their distinctive flowers steal the show with their "ears" sprouting from each flower head.
Lavender in the Garden
Beloved favorites of Mediterranean-style gardens, Lavenders are gifted perennials that are full of talents including being delightfully scented.
How to Dry Lavender and Preserve its Fragrance
To enjoy the delightful fragrance of your Lavender, long after its blossoms have faded, follow these easy steps.
Pruning Lavender for Beautiful Plants
While lavender is easy to grow, a few pruning rules have to be followed to get a healthy, beautifully shaped, mounded lavender plant that will last for years.
Planting and Caring for Lavender in Pots
Since not all lavenders are hardy, containers provide the opportunity to grow lavender that would otherwise not be suited to your garden. Place them in a sunny spot (at least 6 hours of sunshine per day), provide the right soil and plenty of drainage, and your Lavender will happily blossom and grow!
Lavender Varieties and Blooming Seasons
Depending on where you live, you can enjoy Lavender blooms almost all year in your garden. Why? Because not all Lavenders bloom at the same time and some bloom continuously, producing flowers all spring and summer.
Early Blooming Lavenders
Most early blooming Lavenders are Lavandula stoechas (French Lavender) but some cultivars of Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender) are also prized for their early spring blooms. Flowering typically occurs 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.
Late Spring and Early Summer Blooming Lavenders
Most mid-season blooming Lavenders belong to the Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender) group. Flowering typically occurs in June or July and tends to last 3-4 weeks.
Mid to Late Summer Blooming Lavenders
Most late season Lavenders belong to the Lavandula x intermedia (Lavandin) group but some cultivars of Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender) are also prized for their midsummer blooms. Flowering typically occurs in July or August and tends to last until late summer.
Continuously Blooming Lavenders
While Lavender is usually regarded as a summer-blooming flower, some Lavender plants are early bloomers with their magnificent blooms appearing early in spring. Others are late bloomers with blooms opening up in midsummer and lasting until late summer. Some bloom almost continuously from spring to summer's end.
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