Lavender Lavender (Lavandula) is an easy to grow, evergreen shrub that produces masses of beautifully scented flowers above green or silvery-grey foliage. This drought-tolerant plant thrives in a sunny border, container, herb or gravel gardens. Quick facts Common name Lavender Botanical name Lavandula Group Shrub, herb Flowering time Summer Planting time Spring Height & spread 30cm-1m (1-3ft) height, 30cm-1.5m (1-5ft) spread Aspect South or west facing Hardiness H5 (hardy – cold winter) to H2 (tender – cool or frost-free greenhouse) Difficulty Easy Cultivation notes Growing in the soil Lavender is best planted between April and May as the soil is warming up. It thrives in any poor or moderately fertile, free-draining soils in full sun, and is ideal for chalky or alkaline soils. On heavier soils, like clay and clay loam, lavender tends to be fairly short-lived, becoming woody at the base. To prolong the life of your lavender on heavier soil, add organic matter and gravel to improve the drainage and plant on a mound. If growing as a hedge, plant on a ridge to keep the base of the plants out of wet soil. Space plants 90cm (3ft) apart, or if growing a hedge, 30cm (1ft) apart or, 45cm (18in) for larger cultivars. Once established, lavender is fairly drought-tolerant and is suitable for coastal planting and gravel gardens.
- LAVENDULA augustifolia Vera silvery grey foliage and deep blue flowers on tall stems, this lavender is said to be useful in treating nervousness, fainting and dizziness but it can also used to perfume linens, these lavender plug plants are ready to pot and make a lovely addition to any garden.