Lavender Growing Guide

Lavender

Crop Rotation Group

Miscellaneous 

Soil

Any average, well drained soil.

Position

Full sun to partial afternoon shade, with excellent air circulation.

Frost tolerant

A hardy perennial from the Mediterranean, lavender will survive winter temperatures to 0F/-17C.

Feeding

Not generally needed beyond annual topdressing with rich compost in spring.

Companions

Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Mint, Agastache, Apple, Cherry, Peach, Pear and Plum. Colourful petunias, nasturitums or other annual flowers that contrast with lavender’s gray-green foliage and blue flowers.

Spacing

Single Plants: 1' 3" (40cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 1' 1" (35cm) with 1' 7" (50cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Start with a purchased plant, or start seeds indoors and set out at about the time of your last frost. Some strains are propagated only from rooted cuttings. A mature clump of lavender will grow to 24" (60 cm) wide.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Try different strains, and even species, to find the right lavender for your climate. Lavender demands excellent drainage, and benefits from dry, airy conditions.

Harvesting

Gather spikes of lavender flowers as soon as they open, and dry in small bundles before storing in an airtight container. You can also dry lavender branches for use in recipes, sachets or potpourri.

Troubleshooting

Wait until spring to prune back lavender plants, because the dead stems help shelter the base of the plants from harsh winter weather.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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