A garden classic, Lavender is known for its soothing fragrance, grey green foliage and tall purple flower spikes. Adored not only for its beauty but also for its medical and culinary attributes.
A compact shrub, native to the Mediterranean, the most common, English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is beloved for its ease of care. As they are a Herbaceous perennial that does just fine with a bit of neglect. Simply plant them in soil with good drainage, in a spot that offers lots of sunshine and watch the pollinators flock!
Lavender Care & Maintenance
Light: Full Sun
Water: Extremely drought-tolerant once established. When first planting, regularly water during growing season.
Fertilizer: Add compost into the hole when planting. Feeding is not needed and can negatively affect the potency.
Soil: Plant in well-drained soil.
Growth: 2–3' tall | 2–4' wide
Bloom Time: Early Summer to Early Fall
Hardiness: 5a–9a, USDA
Toxicity: Toxic to Dogs & Cats
Pruning: Prune once flowering is complete as all lavender blooms on the stems that grew in the current year. Prune early/mid-spring is best then again in late summer/early fall before the first frost.
Harvesting: It is recommended to harvest in the morning as this is when the oils are the most concentrated. Snip once about half of the flowers have budded. If drying, hang them in a dark cool place with good air flow.
Types of Lavender we carry here at Anna's:
English lavender (Hardy to Zone 5)
‘Hidcote’: deep purple flowers with silver grey foliage
‘Munstead’: violet-blue flowers with dark green foliage
Spanish lavender (Hardy Zones 7 to 9)