Lavender: Planting tips

15th June 2021

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Lavender is prized for its richly fragrant flowers and aromatic foliage.

This easy-to-grow shrub thrives in a sunny spot, in free-draining soil or a container. Here is our guide to caring for Lavender and the different varieties available.

• Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’
• Lavandula angustifolia ‘Essence Purple’
• Lavandula × intermedia (Platinum Blonde) ‘Momparler’
• Lavandula stoechas ‘Javelin Forte Rose’
• Lavandula stoechas ‘Anouk’
• Lavandula pedunculata subsp. lusitanica ‘Lusi Pink’

Lavender looks great in flower borders, herb gardens and as a low hedge or edging to a border. It also grows well in containers. Being a Mediterranean plant (in needs if not always in geographic origin) and needs lots of sun and fast-draining soil. It will not survive long in shady, damp or extremely cold conditions. It prefers poor, dry or moderately fertile soil, including chalky and alkaline soils.

Lavender will not thrive in heavy clay soil or any soil that becomes waterlogged over winter.

Find out more about where to plant Lavender and the different looks you can create