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Description for Lavender
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. The foliage of Lavender is a standout in the garden where its silvery or gray-green hues contrast nicely with its neighbors.
A tough plant for sunny dry spots and one of the longest-blooming tough semi-shrubs around, lavender (genus Lavandula) would find a place in most sunny gardens even if it didnâ€™t have such a heavenly scent.
Thereâ€™s more good news, too: lavender is easy to prune, and when you do it, youâ€™ll be covered for the rest of the day in those aromatic oils. This is one of the few gardening tasks that is a good idea to do right before a hot date!
A sweetly fragrant lavender used for perfume and sachets; also good for flavoring ice cream, jams, meat rubs, and pastries.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Lavender||Lavender blue||June to August||Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet |
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Planting and care
|Full sun.||Grow in average, dry to medium, require well-drained neutral to alkaline soil,, alkaline soil in full sun. Prefers a light, sandy soil with somewhat low fertility.||In the summer plants in pots will need frequent watering, but remember be careful not to waterlog lavender. |
This should be unnecessary after establishment, except plants in pots which need frequent watering during summer. See also Overwintering below.
|50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.||Lavenders do well on poor soils and need little fertiliser, we just add a sprinkling of potash around the base of the plant in the late summer and spring. Do not add high nitrogen feeds or manure this can cause the plants to grow tall and weak.|
Caring for Lavender
- Pruning:Lavender is a woody subshrub, and pruning techniques should reflect this. Do not prune in spring until new growth appears, and leave plants alone for the winter. Plants may be sheared back and shaped after flowering, but do not cut low into old wood. If older plants become unsightly, cut back by a third every three years.
Typical uses of Lavender
Special features: One of the most distinguishing characteristics of lavender is its fragrance.
Culinary use: Try mixing lavender with other herbs in a vegetarian pizza or goats cheese tartlets to produce a floral herbal flavour.
Chicken, lamb and salmon are also suitable savoury dishes where lavender can be used effectively either as whole flower spikes, grains or as a rub in oil or with other herbs.
Ornamental use: Dried lavender is used in bunches, bags and pot-pourri for its scent and as a moth and insect repellant.