Planting Lavender is not difficult and we’re kicking off our series of posts celebrating the 2016 Lavender Season with a quick reminder of how to go about it…

Planting Lavender: Prepare the Ground

Lavender’s requirements:
▫ Full sun
▫ Free-draining soil– Lavenders will not tolerate being water logged
▫ A soil pH of 5+ – Lavenders do not like truly acidic soil. Add Lime if it is
If your soil is not free draining (and imperative if you garden on clay), dig in plenty of organic matter (mushroom compost is particularly effective) with some gravel to a depth of 30cm. Planting on a mound will offer additional protection against waterlogging – if you are creating a lavender hedge, plant on a ridge.

Planting Lavender in the ground

▫ Dig a hole (or trench if planting a row) the same depth as the plant + 1/3
▫ Add grit and organic matter to fill that extra 1/3
▫ Place plant in the hole, back fill and gently heel in. The top level of the soil from the container should be level with the ground
▫ Water – Unless there is a drought, this may well be the last time you have to water
▫ If you have planted in spring or summer, add a sprinkling of Potash to encourage flowering
It is important to plant Lavenders the correct distance apart and this varies from variety to variety and whether you are planting a hedge, specimen plant(s) or a clump of two or three plants. Our website features a plant estimator which will tell you what you need to know at the click of a button.

Planting Lavender in Containers

Planting Lavender in pots is equally easy – just two simple rules:
▫ Choose larger containers – they have long roots that like to grow deep
▫ Pot up with plenty of crocks, stones and/or polystyrene at the bottom
▫ Use John Innes No. 3 with added grit – John Innes No. 2 will do the job, but No.3 is better
▫ If you have planted in spring or summer, add a sprinkling of Potash to encourage flowering
Picture: A glorious Lavender bed with Box Balls. A simple but highly attractive combination