How To Grow Lavender
A full sun location with slightly alkaline soil. Choose a well drained location. You can also add contractors sand to the soil to increase drainage.Bone meal, so add some to the soil when planting to help with growth. You can also dust a little bit of wood ash around the bottom on my plants about once a year. Only water lavender when the soil is dry to the touch. Lavender dislikes being wet, but don’t let it get so dry that it starts to wilt.
For about 6 years before getting too scraggly and needing replaced. Sometimes you can revive it with a drastic pruning though, so if your lavender plant starts to get old you might as well give it a try. Lavender is a native to the Mediterranean region and several regions of India and Africa. It is very useful on commercial grounds as well. Due to its enchanting aroma, it is the most preferred option for the preparation of perfumes, lotions, soaps, and potpourri. It is also experiencing a revival of demand due to the various medicinal and culinary properties it exhibits.
Most Popular Varieties of Lavender
Lavandula Angustifolia (English lavender) – Grows to a height of 70 cm during the flowering time and about 50 cm without flowers, creating a rounded dome. It can be planted in intervals, or as a hedge, over which beneficial insects swarm and wonderful aroma wafts from it. This lavender variety grows well in the cold climate (USDA Zones 5-8).
Lavandula stoechas (Spanish lavender) – Comes from the Mediterranean countries, it is also called as topped lavender. It is a tender perennial, looks very impressive, nicely scented flowers have a purple or white color that forms a fluffy dome shape and carries the scent of camphor (USDA Zones 6-9).
Lavandula dentata (French Lavender) – A somewhat delicate scent between lavender and rosemary erupts from the whole plant. It has serrated silvery green colored foliage and purple colored spiky flowers. It is more suitable for subtropics and tropics (USDA Zones 8-10).