Growing & Landscaping

Lavender is great for growing in containers or planting as an accent or even a focal point, in your landscaping.

If you’ve struggled growing lavender before; don’t give up!  Despite the winter weather or excess rain, you can be successful with container growing.

Growing Lavender in Containers

Plant in containers and enjoy on deck, patio or porch.

Or make it a focal point in a large elevated urn in your garden.

Follow these tips for planting lavender in containers:

  • Size the container for the variety of lavender.  Angustifolia’s – smaller pots, Intermedia’s larger.
  • Mix sizes and colors of lavender together for more interest!
  • Always use a container with a hole in the bottom for drainage.
  • Place a layer of gravel in the bottom.
  • Use cheapest potting soil you can buy.  No Miracle Grow – too acidic. And nothing that holds moisture. Mix in some gravel to increase drainage.
  • Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup (depends on pot size) bone meal to potting soil, mix in.  Fertilize with fish emulsion if any leaf yellowing occurs.
  • Place where plant receives good afternoon sun.
  • Don’t over water.
  • In periods of heavy rain cover or move under cover.
  • Winter over by moving into garage or covered area and protect from freezing.  Good light still needed but hardly any water.

Hummingbirds, Butterflies and Bees Love Lavender!

Landscaping with Lavender

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Full Sun – Minimum of 8 hours daily during blooming season.
  • Well Draining Soil Add Sand or Pea Gravel – Most important factor in successful lavender growing. Make sure your hole drains well before planting
  • Neutral pH 6.8 to 7.2 – Add Lime if too acidic.
  • No Traditional Mulches that might hold water – Use white limestone pea gravel, sand, oyster shells.  White is preferred because it reflects the sunlight back up into the plant which increases the oil content.  The scent comes from the oil content.
  • Don’t Overwater –  The #1 killer of lavender is too much water, it likes dry feet. Otherwise it’s likely to get a fungal disease that kills the plant.  However, new plantings require regular watering the first year and then minimal amounts thereafter.
  • Fertilizing – Lavender does not need fertilizer, which contributes mainly to leaf growth, but does little for flowering.  To prevent leaf yellowing we add 1/2 cup of bonemeal each winter to the base of each plant.
  • Pest Control – The entire plant is aromatic; it repels insects naturally, so there is no need to use pesticides.  Sometimes spittle bugs will take up residence, but they don’t cause any damage.
  • Weed control – Make sure the area is cleared of weeds before planting, and be vigilant about removing them when they reappear.  You can also use either white or black weed barrier fabric in both aisles and planting rows.
  • Pruning – Trim each Year – Spring or Fall 1/3 of it’s new growth shaped into a nice round ball.  This is necessary to prevent woody stalks and the plant splaying open, instead of blooms remaining upright.
  • When to plant: Spring through fall, except during the hottest summer days.

Masses of purple-spiked lavender looks beautiful in almost any setting; from desert rock gardens to traditional cottage gardens and everything in between.  These plants are strikingly beautiful in landscape.  A garden swathed in purple is a site to behold!

Lavender is complementary to the colors of white, pink, soft mauves and blue.  A punch of  lime colored foliage provides a great contrast highlighting both colors.

Lavender is wonderful as a border in the garden or along a walkway or fence. Imagine the fragrance during blooming season when strolling along a path or when planted under a window.

Incorporating a bench or other comfortable seating surrounded by lavender serves as a garden focal point and the most sought after place to relax!  Lavender is thought to enhance feelings of inspiration and insight, making it an ideal choice for a contemplative zone in the garden.

Lavender is ideal for sloping hillsides as it stabilizes the soil, while the increased drainage benefits the health of the lavender.