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Classic Perennials at Gorge Top Gardens: Lavender

English lavender in full bloomGrown by people for centuries this hardy evergreen has captured the hearts of gardeners once again. Lavender has recently experienced a rebirth among modern gardeners.  Never out of fashion,  English Lavender is such a romantic perennial that sooner or later nearly everyone wants some in their garden.  From July until September its aromatic grey-green foliage and flowers fills the air with sweetness.  Lavender plants are native to the Mediterranean and lovers of dry soils and bright sunshine.  Your success with Lavender will greatly depend upon providing the right growing conditions and by selecting varieties that have been proven to adapt to our not so "Mediterranean" climate. 

Growing Lavender Plants:

English Lavender plants will grow in a wide range of growing conditions but it does best in full sun in a very well drained soil.  For best results we recommend amending your soil with a small amount of compost and a couple of shovels of sand.  The sand will help provide drainage, and good drainage is a critical factor when growing Lavender. Established plants are extremely drought resistant but you will need to supply water to newly planted ones but do not over water. One of the biggest mistakes we see people make is over watering new plants in the spring - you must let the soil dry between waterings or the plant will perish quickly. It is dampness, more so than cold that is responsible for killing Lavender plants.  Humidity can also be a problem - make sure you do not crowd the plants so that air can flow between them.  In colder areas where the ground often freezes it is beneficial to add a layer of mulch to help protect the roots.

Pruning Lavender

Your lavender plants will look much better if pruned in early spring.  We often lightly prune just to maintain shape but you can cut back as much as one third on the taller varieties. Northern gardeners will find that plants will suffer some winter die back.  Do not prune what appears to be die back until plants are showing signs of growth -- often the stems that appear dead will put on new growth.  Selective pruning can be done throughout the growing season and we always dead head spent flower heads to keep the plants looking tidy. 

Selecting Lavender Plants

We have put together what we feel are the best varieties of Lavender for growing in a wide range of gardening climates. These plants have all been grown successfully in zones 5 through 9. 

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Zones: 5-9
Propagation: seed , division, and stem cuttings
Problems: Soil must drain well or plants will not survive
Notes:  May need extra winter protection in the colder areas of zone 5.  Add extra layer of mulch or compost in early winter.




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Lavender 'Jean Davis'

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