lavender plants

Carefully place the lavender plant into its prepared spot and rest it on a layer of soil slightly above the stone blend you mixed earlier.
You can prevent weeds from growing around the base of your lavender plant by covering the soil with a thin layer of mulch.
Remove the lavender plant from its nursing pot and gently shake to remove any excess soil from the roots.
As mentioned before, dampness is the enemy of lavender and if the roots of the plant become excessively damp, it will kill the plant quicker than any drought or freezing temperatures.
Lavender grows best in slightly alkaline conditions, with an ideal soil pH level of between 6.7 to 7.3.[2] You can test your soil’s pH level using a commercial test probe.
Dampness is the enemy of lavender, so your most important consideration should be to choose a location where the soil is well-drained.
You should prune your lavender plant about once a year, preferably in spring before the new growth begins.

Rapid drainage, alkaline soil, plenty of light, heat, and excellent air circulation are musts, according to my friend Rose Marie Nichols-McGee, herb and lavender expert.
Dwarf Blue, Munstead, Hidcote, Sweet, Sharon Roberts, and Lavender Lady produce flowers fast and stay a manageable size in pots.
Start with large pots, as lavender plants can grow to the size of small shrubs.
White mulch reflects light on to the plants for rapid growth and keeps air circulating so that plant stems dry out fast after rain or watering and don’t rot.
Visit the Mediterranean coast or warm, dry interior valleys along the Pacific Coast, and fields of brilliant blue aromatic lavender are everywhere.
With long stems, silvery-green foliage, and flower heads packed with rich purple blooms in early summer, ‘Purple Bouquet’ is a top choice if you want to grow lavender for cutting fresh or drying.
This adaptable lavender stands out because of its habit: It grows in a decidedly rounded mound and produces large spikes of dark purple-blue flowers in late spring and early summer.
This lively lavender displays cone-shape clusters of buds that open to small, bright purple flowers topped with showy white bracts that mature to light pink.
This attractive variety supplies a steady crop of rich purple flowers on spikes topped by large purple bracts and a compact, upright growth habit.
A strongly scented selection, ‘Impress Purple’ produces spikes of purple flowers in mid- to late summer on long stems that are good for cutting.
A tender shrub usually grown as an annual, fernleaf lavender features narrow spikes of fragrant blue-purple flowers in summer.
Many gardeners call ‘Munstead’ their favorite lavender because the plant is quite compact, displays violet-purple flowers in mid- to late spring, and shows off attractive silvery foliage.
One of the most popular lavenders around, ‘Hidcote’ supplies silvery foliage and dark purple-blue flowers from late spring to early summer.
Loved for its rich purple flowers, ‘Gros Bleu’ is a popular selection with long flower spikes and silvery foliage.
‘Croxton’s Wild’ shows off light violet and purple flowers in late spring and early summer and has a loose, open form.
Among the most widely grown of lavandins, ‘Grosso’ provides strongly scented rich purple flowers in midsummer and tends to bloom a second time in autumn.
A top pick for growing as a low hedge, ‘Folgate’ presents a tidy shape and dark purple flowers on long stems in early summer.
The variety is compact and offers silvery-green foliage punctuated by spikes of purple-blue flowers in summer.
Riemersma finds her ‘Buena Vista’ lavender ― with fragrant, dark blue-purple flowers ― the perfect complement to savory dishes and sweet desserts ( Lavandula angustifolia ‘Mun-stead’ and ‘Hidcote’ can also flavor food).
Plant lavender in full sun and well-drained soil (add organic matter to improve heavy soils).
Unbranched stems rise above gray-green or silvery foliage; flowers are white, pink, lavender-blue, or various shades of purple.
Special events this summer include classes on cooking and growing lavender; lavender crafts; and Saturday Night Sunsets (farm strolls with wine tasting and live music).
Harvest for sachets and potpourri by cutting flower spikes or stripping flowers from stems just as blossoms show color; dry in a cool, shaded place.
Spanish Lavender, with its dark purple, pineapple-shaped flower heads and dark green leaves, looks great planted with Orchid Rockrose and Golden Garden Sage.
Spanish and Yellow Lavenders finish up after four or five weeks, with the others blooming for a bit longer.  All of these do best with a good pruning about four or five weeks into the bloom cycle, which discourages these large Lavender bushes from becoming untidy and, for some,  encouraging a second sweep of blooms.
But, gardeners in Zones 8 to 10 get a bit of a Lavender bloom head start with these other species of Lavenders which include Spanish, Kew Red Spanish, Yellow, Sweet, French, Allardii, Goodwin Creek Gray, Pinnata, and Woolly Lavender.
Tolerating summer heat the best of all of the above English Lavenders, Munstead Lavender looks great planted with Yellow or White Roses.
Goodwin Creek Gray Lavender is a hybrid of French Lavender with a shorter growth habit and a darker purple flower head that is held on a longer wand.
Zones 8 and up can plant Lavender in spring and fall, but other zones are better off with a spring planting after the last frost.  If fall planting is to be tried, plant at least two months before the first frost.
Edelweiss Lavender also has a very fragrant,  swan white flower but grows a bit shorter and a bit tighter than White Grosso Lavender.
The greenest leaves, the greatest size, the fastest growth, and the longest flower wands are all great reasons for having this Lavender in the garden.
Harvesting Lavender is one of the most enjoyable pleasures any gardener can have.  Lavender flower heads look gray before the flowers open.
Kew Red Spanish Lavender is a smaller version of Spanish Lavender with medium pink flowers and dark pink flower bracts.
Dutch Mill Lavender has vibrant grape colored flowers that stand out well against darker flowered lavenders like Grosso.
Plant a large triangle of Sweet Lavender in the middle of a garden and surround it with Chocolate Scented Daisies for a visual and fragrant impact.
Our new trial garden was laid out with three of each kind of Lavender planted in a triangle, with each plant situated about two feet apart.
Grappenhall Lavender is a tall, long-leaved Lavender with a slender bloom and a medium purple flower.
Hand harvest by sticking your left thumb in the flowers to be cut while simultaneously hooking the flower stalks in front and below your left hand with a Chinese sickle.  You pull and cut the first bunch into your left hand with one motion.  The process is repeated without removing the cut material until you have completely cut counterclockwise around the plant essentially twisting the cut stalks around the center uncut stalks as you go.  This keeps even the largest bundles under control because the whole bundle winds around the center uncut stalks creating enough friction to keep everything together and eventually captured under your left arm.  If the bundle is too big for your grip, then it is kept from falling apart by your thumb and the center stalks, which you cut in a final cutting motion starting with a reversed sickle in front of your left leg and vectoring in a direction that is away from the harvester.
Lavender flower wand stems are usually a bright green while Lavender leaves are gray.
Grosso Lavender has beautiful purple calyxes instead of the normal green calyx of most lavenders.
Hidcote Lavender is famous for its dark purple flower.
The perfect hedge of Hidcote Lavender she had dreamed about and worked so hard to grow the plants for turned out to be more like a cottage garden: still beautiful, but irregular in form and color.
Because Lavandula angustifolias are small, and because they are pretty particular about where they grow, it takes a lot of plants to produce one ton of oil; so most Lavender oil now comes from the Lavandins.
Fred Boutin Lavender, discovered in 1980, is a long-stemmed beauty with a medium purple flower.
I’m growing french lavender in a terracotta container, it big enough I think, but the leaves have been turning yellow and dying toward the lower part of the plant.
I thought I can move the Lavender inside in the winter if it’s in the container but my husband said it will be okay to plant it in the garden, is that right? Also, our front yard is very shady since we have a lot of trees around, we can get 3-4 hours of sun in the morning, is that ok for lavender? Thanks.
Plant lavender in well-drained, slightly alkaline soil with a pH between 6.7 and 7.3. You can add builder’s sand to the soil before planting to increase drainage, which is vital because lavender will not tolerate excessive soil moisture or humidity.
I just purchased a Bonnie Plants lavender plant at the Home Depot in Columbia, South Carolina.
I bought a pot of Bonnie Lavender yesterday and can’t decided should I plant it in the container or in our garden.
The weather is partly to blame, we have had a lot of rain in the last 2 years – summer and winter! Redoing the beds, what can I plant with them that will keep them happy? I note the Orange poppies above, Californian, are they annuals? I am looking at Alyssum, Crystal Palace Lobelia, very traditional plants; they will reseed themselves each year.
To further improve drainage, plant lavender in a raised bed, along a wall, or near the top of a slope.
Harvest lavender stems at any time by cutting them from the plant.
This lavender grows alongside orange poppies in a rock garden, an ideal spot since it provides good drainage.
Louis, MO) and we can get VERY frigid Winters (though the last two have been relatively mild) that plant is SO happy where I put it! It’s on a good size mound by the street, and composed of very loose soil and has excellent drainage.
Lavender plants are a challenge to grow in areas of high rainfall, particularly in winter.
Be sure to plant lavender in a pot, raised bed, or atop a retaining wall.
Lavender is a perennial herb in many areas – that is, perennial if it gets really good drainage.
Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Supplemental feeding is not necessary as Lavender prefers a lean soil, although plants appreciate an occasional side dressing of compost.
Lavenders thrive in the arid West, but are best grown as annuals or container plants in the South, as they do not thrive in areas of high humidity (with the exception of Lavandula dentata and L.
In severe climates, cover plants lightly with evergreen boughs to buffer drying winter winds.
A pH close to or slightly above neutral is best, so add lime if your soil has a pH below 7.0. A gravel mulch is beneficial and helps to keep the crowns of the plants away from excess moisture.
In humid climates, fungal problems may arise, but can be avoided by providing excellent drainage and good air circulation around your plants.
Do not prune in spring until new growth appears, and leave plants alone for the winter.
Use the stems of fresh or dried flower spikes in arrangements or remove the flowers for sachets and potpourri mixtures.
Plants are very drought resistant once established, but will flower better if not allowed to dry out.
These aromatic subshrubs are popular in herb gardens as well as in the perennial border, and the intensely perfumed blue-violet, mauve, pink, or white flowers are treasured for drying and making potpourri.
Perfect drainage is a must, especially through the winter; plants will die in wet soils.
Mid-Spring: As the soil warms, mulch around plants with gravel.
You need to plant in a area with plenty of sun, good drainage, and light sandy or gravel soil to grow a healthy lavender plant.
Some gardeners will plant lavender with other plants to help discourage the deer.
However extended periods of heavy snow covering and weighing down the plant will take a toll on your plant, likely breaking tender wood, setting the plant up a dismal performance during the bloom cycle.
Before Spring gets here it is a good idea to take a walk around and check your lavender plants for damage or the potential for damage that will lead to a disappointing bloom and production cycle this year.
Stems are cellular and contain the imbibed fluids (natural sugar and oil) necessary to sustain and protect the plant during the summer bloom cycle.
As a result the damage to soft tissue will slow any new growth as the plant struggles to overcome what has been inflicted by the dull edge of your trimmer.
No matter how well your soil is draining it can’t overcome the saturation coming from the wet leaves and stem material laying on the plant.
In the short term a light blanket of snow covering the plant will help insulate and protect the plant against extreme freezing temperatures and we are talking only a day or so.
Take a look around your plants and clean up any accumulation of leaves and debris around the base and on the plant itself.
Heavy snow also pushes or spreads the plant apart contributing to open spots and that dreaded woody appearance.
Lavender has been used for pain, bacterial and fungal infections, depression, cramps, indigestion, to promote wound healing, and as a sedative.
Lavender has been used for restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, diabetes, GI distress, discomfort following childbirth, cancer, as an insect repellant, and as a food flavoring agent.
Common names: Lavender also is known as aspic, common lavender, English lavender , garden lavender, lavandin (usually refers to particular hybrids), pink lavender, spike lavender, true lavender, and white lavender.
Blood-thinning drugs may increase the risk of bleeding when given at the same time as lavender.
Lavender has been used extensively for diabetes in parts of Spain and is included in some commercial herbal antidiabetic preparations.
Lavender may also increase the cholesterol-lowering effects of drugs that lower cholesterol.
Lavender plants are aromatic evergreen small shrubs native to the Mediterranean region, the Arabian peninsula, Russia, and Africa.
Massage: 1 to 4 drops/Tbsp (15 mL) of base or carrier oil may be used or it may be mixed with other oils.Tea: 1 to 2 tsp (5 to 10 mL) of lavender per cup (240 mL) of water.
Lavender may promote menstruation, and excessive internal use should be avoided in pregnancy.
Although the plant has been known to increase bile flow output and flow into the intestine, its greatest value is not in the treatment of liver conditions.
Lavender will grow indoors satisfactorily under high output T5 fluorescent, compact fluorescent, or high intensity discharge (metal halide or high pressure sodium) plant growing lights.
Soothe your spirit with the calming fragrance of lavender! This dwarf variety is uniform and compact.
True lavender, not being fully hardy, is little grown in northern gardens, where it must be protected over winter by mulching.
Use a loose, soiless mix for planting and remember that container grown lavender will require more water than garden grown plants.
As with most plants in your garden, your lavender success will depend on your growing conditions and the varieties you plant.
Lavender is drought-resistant once mature, but during the first year, your lavender plants must be watered regularly, especially on hot sunny days.
If you are cutting lavender to make sachets or for craft projects, choose the plants with three-quarters of the blossoms open.
The inspiration for Carousel Farm Lavender came when we were traveling through the beautiful Provence countryside, where the rolling hills are graced with old grape vines and lavender fields, against a stunning backdrop of centuries-old fieldstone barns and farmhouses.
As you can tell, we are proud of our lavender fields, but perhaps we are most proud that, despite the striking natural beauty of Bucks County, we  have found a way to enhance this historic community with something at once rural, beautiful, and unique.
Our farm, with its fieldstone farmhouse, 18th century stone barn and rolling fields broken only by fieldstone walls, seemed the perfect place to replicate the South of France.
For more information and for bookings, please visit email aklreservations@aklmaui.com or call Ali’i Kula Lavender at 808-878-3004.
For more information and for bookings, please visit email aklreservations@aklmaui.com or call Alii Kula Lavender @ 808-878-3004.
Olive trees, hydrangea, Protea, succulents and an exceptional variety of other plants can be found on the farm, which offers the first and only Lavender Lifestyle experience on Maui.
In the Upcountry region of Maui, nestled on the slopes of Haleakala (House of the Sun), is the mystical Ali`i Kula Lavender farm.
Much more than a working lavender farm, AKL is a botanical garden filled with the artifacts and collectibles that Ali’i gathered in his many years of travel and entrepreneurship.
Take a moment to stop and smell the lavender and spend quality time together as a family at AKL! Enjoy mini-bouquet making and a walking tour for $10.00 per person plus tax.
Ali’i Kula Lavender (AKL) is the premier purveyor of Sustainable Aloha through educational stewardship and nurturing the well being of our communities and planet for future generations.
•Catasauqua Garden Club: Annual Plant Sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Catasauqua Public Library (Third and Bridge streets, Catasaqua) Use the Bridge Street entrance to the library.
•Easton Garden Tour and Garden Fair: tour, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12, begins at the College Hill Presbyterian Church (Broadhead and Monroe streets, Easton).
•Bend a young, green stem, still connected to the main plant, down to the ground.
•After a few months, the stem will have produced roots on the buried stem and can be cut away from the mother plant and relocated.
•After about two to three weeks, the cuttings will have developed roots and can be grown on into new plants.
•Place the cuttings in moist potting soil and place the container in a warm, sunny area.
Sue Kittek, garden columnist for The Morning Call, will present a lecture-demonstration on practical and whimsical container garden creations, 10:30 a.m. Fee ($20, $15 for advanced sale) for the tour; the fair and lecture are free.
•Bury the resulting plants at the same soil depth as the original.
•Cover the spot where the stem comes in contact with the ground with a mound of soil.
•Divide the original plant so that each section has an equal amount of roots.

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