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Plant of the Month September-Lavender

Plant of the Month September-Lavender
Lavender

Delightfully scented, calming, and great for bees. Lavender is easy to grow, looks great individually or in a hedge and are sure to produce a profusion of delightful blooms over an extended season. And given how often lavender turns up in soaps, shampoos and other grooming products, it is possibly appropriate that the name derives from the Latin word ‘to wash’ (Lavare).

There are lots of different types of Lavender available, including English, French, and Spanish, along with some other unusual and interesting types. But regardless of what type of lavender you choose it's sure to look stunning, be great for bees and will generally look great by itself, in a hedge  or as part of a cottage garden.

OUR TOP 6 LAVENDER VARIETIES

Lavender Major

MAJOR

Size: 60 x 60cm

Iincredibly popular Spanish / Mediterranean Lavender. Flowers abundantly from early spring to late summer.

Dentata

DENTATA

Size: 1 x 1m

French Lavender. Grows a profusion of flowers all year round. Great in hedges or in cottage gardens.

Lavender Princess

PRINCESS

Size: 70 x 70cm

Australian-bred Spanish Lavender with delightfully vibrant, pink flowers. Flowers from spring into Summer.

Angustifolia

ANGUSTIFOLIA

Size: 1 x 1m

English Lavender. Compact with tight grey foliage. Intensely delightfully fragrant flowers, easily harvested and dried.

Pink Delight

PINK DELIGHT

Size: 80 x 80cm

Gorgeous Spanish variety with delightfully scented flowers. Deadhead to encourage repeat flowering.

Bee Brilliant

BEE BRILLIANT

Size: 50 x 50cm

Compact spanish variety that flowers prolifically from spring through till late summer.

GROWING TIPS

POSITION

Grow in free draining soil in full sun (though Lavender Dentata can be grown successfully in part shade).

CARE

Mulch with Living Earth More than Mulch. This helps suppress weeds and reduce watering needs.

PLANTING

Dig a hole around twice as wide and deep as the current pot. Backfill hole with a mix of your soil, Kings Compost, and Sheep Pellets. In heavier soils adding Gypsum can help improve the soil structure. Leave enough space to fit your plant in.

Carefully remove the pot, tease open the roots gently, and place in the hole.

Backfill the remainder of the hole and firm the soil around your plant.

Water in.

FEEDING

Whilst lavender aren’t heavy feeders, occasionally feed the plant and the soil with sheep pellets and Ocean Grow will keep them healthy. For a slow release option use King’s 24+.

PRUNING

Prune after your plants have finished flowering by removing spent flowering spikes and cutting back established plants by around 1/3. Regular pruning will help keep your Lavender from becoming woody and help encourage flowering.