How To Grow Lavender Like the French!

Would you love to begin growing lavender? Lavender flowers in lots of parts of the world, and there are couple of flowers that are more cherished for love, scent and kind. What most gardeners don’t understand is that lavender is easy to grow and maintain. Steve and I grow everything through our high desert garden, and it prospers. It can make a splash in your flower beds, include an old world touch to your flower gardens, or you can have an entire garden style based around it. This works whether your design is modern-day, vintage, or someplace in between. You can use the flowers for craft jobs, aromatherapy, or even a relaxing tea! You do not need to have a generous field of lavender in Provence to delight in and value all it can do for your garden. Continue reading for some fantastic ideas on how to grow lavender.

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1. Lavender needs something to grow well … good drainage. This is all fine and great if you have a naturally sandy or gravelly soil in your backyard. Nevertheless, it can be pretty troublesome if your whole garden is pure clay! The service? You can either grow your lavender in raised beds with good soil, or you can utilize containers. Regular planting mix is great, just ensure there are plenty of drain holes. If your lavender is yellowing, first thing to examine is drain.

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2. Lavender is dry spell tolerant once established, however they do bloom much better if they are watered as soon as the soil ends up being dry one inch down.

3. Lavender are short lived plants by nature. If they are happy in their spot, they will last a bit longer, however even under the best conditions, three years is not unusual for a plant to begin passing away out in the center. Here’s the up side of that. Lavender volunteers show up each year in droves, so there are always new plants ready to take control of the ones that have passed their prime! Growing lavender has particular obstacles, but well worth it!


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4. Lavender does not require much in the way of fertilizer, making them fantastic low maintenance plants. Give them a dose of liquid fertilizer in the spring, then leave them alone. Excessive fertilizer will produce plants that are big and spindly, with fewer flowers.


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5. Early each spring, make sure you cut your lavender back, and do not be an infant about it! Cut down most lavender to one third their height to renew the plant, and make certain your plant is blooming at it’s finest.

6. Lavender blossoms in early to mid summertime, however might be persuaded to re-bloom in later summer season or fall. After the first flush of flower has actually been harvested or died back, use scissors or shear to provide the plant a light hair cut. Offer it a dosage of half strength liquid fertilizer, and leave it be. Possibilities are you will see more lavender later on in the season!


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7. To harvest lavender flowers, it’s best to cut them in bunches with long stems. Picking to cut them in early morning makes the most of the oils in the flowers, which gives them the best fragrance. You can use them fresh in vases with other cut flowers, or quickly dry bunches by connecting the ends together and hanging them upside down in a safeguarded location. Dried lavender retains much of its fragrance and can be used in drawers, crafts or as ornamental additions to wreaths or flower arrangements.

Steve took this photo on a current trip to Vashon Island, WA. Just stunning!

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Lavandula angustifolia– English lavender is the most common type of lavender, and the one the majority of people can grow in their gardens. Hardy down to zone 5, it flowers heavily in spring and early summer, then sporadically through till fall. Heavenly in scent, there are varieties that grow as high as 36 inches, and dwarf lavender perfect for pots just 8 inches high. The most common lavender grown for the fragrance industry in France is in fact an English/ French cross range called ‘Provence’.

English Lavender “Provence” from our garden, early in the season, just before it began to bloom.

Dwarf English lavender in full bloom!

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Love this shot of english lavender close up!

How To Grow Lavender Like the French!


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Lavandula dentata- French lavender is a more tender variety belonging to the Mediterranean. Hardy just down to zone 8 as a perennial, it can be grown as a container plant or yearly in other zones. Growing 12- 36 inches tall and quite wide, they are an impressive landscape plant that bloom all summer long. You can tell French lavender from other types since it’s leaves are serrated. Picture by ‘Alfonso Navarro’.


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Lavandula stoechas– Spanish lavender is also just hardy to zone 8, but makes a striking potted plant. Large blooms with reflexed petals that resemble a butterfly make it an eye catcher.



After you have perfected how to grow lavender, there are many excellent things you can do with it. Lavender is thought to assist induce sleep and relaxation, either made into a tea, or tucked into pillow cases. You can even throw a sachet of lavender through the clothes dryer with your sheets and towels. It adds a fresh, natural fragrance to your laundry! Have a look at this fast & simple tutorial for lavender sachets from ‘Garden Therapy’.

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Lavender is simple to grow, simple to discover at most nurseries, and can be found in purples, blues, pinks and whites. You can pick from hardy English lavender, bigger French lavender that is the type you see in photos of the French countryside, or exotic Spanish lavender (listed below). Bear in mind that Spanish lavender, with its flower heads that advise me of butterflies, are excellent in containers. However, it is less hardy than its cousins.

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Discover how to grow lavender. Even if the only usage you ever discover for it is selecting its flowers and foliage as you pass by, and putting in the time to smell that fantastic fragrance, fresh from your own garden.

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Hope you all can utilize these ideas on how to grow lavender! You might wish to have a look at our post on “Clever Projects Made Utilizing Herbs”!

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