Your garden is beautiful, and the trees bear fruits. What else does a gardener need? Try a lavender! It’s a small bush with grayish green tiny leaves. Lavender flowers are also small. It’s hard for a lavender to compete with a rose in beauty, but many gardeners still find pleasure in growing lavender in their gardens.
What is attractive about lavenders?
Planting a group of lavenders along a path is a very beautiful display. Lavender bushes are compact and thick. The flowers are at the ends of the sprouts. Whenever a lavender blossoms, the image is reminiscent of a purple or blue river flowing along a path. Different kinds of lavender have heights ranging from 1ft to 4.3ft and even taller. It can be used for a rock garden, a curb and a hedge.
The smell of lavender flowers is very pleasant, especially when it’s spread all over the garden.
Lavender possesses medicinal properties, which makes it so popular in gardens.
Lavender is even used as seasoning in the kitchen, which you may add it to desserts, juices, buns, and rolls. The aroma of lavender can even be used when grilling meat.
Lavender originated in the mountains, allowing it to grow both in moderate and warm climates.
Lavender is distinguished by wonderful properties such as longevity, drought-resistance, tender fragrance, and long periods of blooming.
There are about 30 species of lavender. Lavender flowers are white, pink, cardinal, blue, dark blue and purple.
The most popular is Lavandula angustifolia or medicinal.
It is also called English. This kind of lavender species may grow in zones 5-8. Lavandula angustifolia is an evergreen bush. Its height reaches 2.7ft. It blooms from June until July.
The flowers are straight-standing clusters with tiny flowers, 8 in long.
Lavandula latifolia French (Spanish) starts blooming earlier than the other kinds. It can grow in the zones further to the south such as zone 8. This is a tall bush up to 4.3ft tall. Flower-bearing stems are up to 20in long and form 4in inflorescences.
Lavandula dentate has an ornamental style.
This is a heat-loving plant, which is not very tall and has silvery fretted leaves. It blooms with larger flowers than those of other species.
Hybrid lavenders, which possess a more intense fragrance than natural lavender species, are often used. Their smell is stronger.
Lavender hybrids are called Lavandins.
To help the lavender successfully root in your garden, use local species.
What is necessary for growing lavender?
Choose a sunny place for lavender. Here it will bloom better, and the aroma will be more intense. The weeds in the area reserved for planting lavender must be cleared because the weeds choke it up fast.
Which soil should you choose for growing lavender?
Lavender of all species prefer well-drained soils. They grow fast in sandy-loam, loamy dry alkaline soils. Soil acidity should be рН 6,5 7,5.
If you have acid soils in your garden, you need to neutralize them before planting lavender. For this purpose, you need to use crushed limestone.
If the soil is too alkaline, lavender will not be able to get nutrition from the soil. To improve the soil, add compost.
Soil fertility is average. Before planting, add a handful of bone flour and compost in equal proportions.
When is it better to grow lavender?
Lavender is planted in the spring after the last light frosts. In the climatic zone 8 and higher, lavender may be planted in autumn, 2 months before the cold weather starts.
How do you grow lavender?
Before growing lavender, put it in water for 1 hour.
Lavender grows better on raised patches, 1ft 1.2ft.
Before you start growing lavender, cut off the top to make it cluster better.
When growing lavender, it is necessary to make sure there are only roots in the soil, without branches or leaves.
The depth of the hole for planting an average lavender shouldn’t be less than 1ft.
The distance between the bushes is 1-1.2ft. If you are planting a tall lavender (10ft), the distance between the bushes shouldn’t be less than 3-4ft.
Care for lavender
Lavenders prefer an arid water regime. If the climate is very dry, lavender requires periodical watering. It’s important to water only if the soil is dry 2.5in. deep. The frequency of watering is lowered in autumn and winter seasons.
The soil around lavender bushes is loosened periodically to improve air penetrability.
To prevent the growth of weeds, the soil is mulched with light materials: sand, gravel, or seashells.
After blooming, lavender is pruned. English people use an interesting method to memorize how to prune lavender 888. This means you need to prune the top sprouts on the 8th day of the 8th month (August) up to 8in (20cm) from the soil surface. Then, you will not have to prune the lavender in the spring.
Now you know the methods of growing lavender in your garden. We are sure you will experience the magic of this modest flower the charming lavender.