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How to Grow Lavender Plants In Your Garden Or In Containers

Lavender is one of the most well-known herbs due to its distinctive fragrance and its many uses. There are also countless varieties of lavender plants and they can be grown in a few different ways. Don’t be intimidated: learning how to grow lavender plants is easy and fun.

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Here is a brief introduction to lavender plants and how to care for them so that they will flourish and bring both scent and color to your house and garden.

Oh, and lavender is one of the easiest plants to care for (plant some culinary lavender plants too!). Here are many more plants every gardener should grow.

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Types of Lavender

  • Chances are good that when you picture Lavender plants, you are thinking of the traditional English types. Within this category, you will find Vera, Munstead, Hidcote, and Jean Davis varieties, among others. These plants flourish in low-humidity zones and bloom from mid-spring to early summer.
  • Non-English Lavenders include Yellow, Spanish, French, and other species that bloom in early spring. Their flowers are larger and more densely clustered on the stem than the English Lavenders.
  • Lavandins, or English Lavender hybrids, are literal late bloomers and begin to flower at the start of the summer months. Provence and Grosso are the most popular of the Lavandins and are commonly grown for drying or scented oil extraction purposes.

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How to Grow Lavender Plants

Growing lavender from cuttings

Lavender plants can be grown from cuttings that are taken from established plants and then potted.

Use a bit of rooting hormone (this is the one I use) before you stick the cut stem into the pot. You can get free plants from neighbors, friends, and relatives who have Lavender in their yards that they are willing to share with you.

Learn more about growing lavender from cuttings.

Grow lavender from seeds

Growing lavender from seeds is not nearly as easy as starting plants from cuttings. First of all, it’s a challenge to find the seeds of certain varieties and the germination rate is fairly low.

There is also the fact that with cuttings, you know exactly what the resulting plant will look like, down to the leaf size and what shade of purple the flowers will be when it blooms.

Seeds are more of an unknown entity, with the possibility for crosses and varying shades within a single seed packet.

I love getting a potted lavender by my door! Potted plants can add color and a delicious smell to any space. Here are some ideas for potted flowers 😉

Want free lavender plants? Learn how to easily propagate lavender from existing plants

Where to Plant Lavender

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Plant lavender in a warm location with good air circulation and well-drained soil.

The beds or pots must be properly drained, with no lingering dampness or a tendency to turn to mud during a good rain shower.

Lavender plants also require good pH-balanced soil, with a number between 6.5 and 7.5 being the ideal. Once you are ready to plant your cuttings, be sure that the area is clear of weeds and that you have put out compost if you are planning on using any.

Fertilizer is not necessary, particularly if you continue to use compost around your plants. It is also extremely important to not over-water your Lavender, as excessive amounts of moisture from humidity or overwatering will cause the plants to die. To avoid this, let the plants dry out a bit between waterings without allowing them to become parched.

Thanks to their lovely fragrance and appearance, lavender plants can be a mainstay in nearly any garden. Herb gardens without lavender are missing out.

As long as you select cuttings from healthy plants, sow them in a well-drained, pH-balanced location and keep them carefully watered, you will end up with a flourishing crop of Lavender every spring or summer.

Learn how to harvest lavender and what to do with it.

Bees Enjoying Lavender Flowers


Lavender Gallery

lavender field with yellow flowers

A beautiful patch of lavender accented by bright yellow flowers: what a pleasure to look at!

beautiful lavender flowers

Close-up of lavender buds, ready to bloom.

fresh, crisp, deliciously smelling lavender plants

Lavender plant early in the spring, before blooming: quite beautiful even before showing off its flowers.

mediterranean path lined with lavender

Here’s a nice Mediterranean garden, where the path is lined with lots of lavender plants, and other beautiful flowers.

potted lavender plants

Move potted lavender plants wherever you need a bit of cheer and a burst of fragrance. Just find a container you like, add some potting mix, and your lavender plug or transplant. I love seeing lavender in pots on porches and in front of the main door.

beautiful mix of lavender and red flowers

A GORGEOUS mix of summer flowers: these roses mixed in with lavender flowers are pretty to look at and great to smell too.

lavender hung out to dry to use in DIY projects

Make sure you harvest some flowers to dry: hang them upside down in a dry breezy place and enjoy dry lavender for all kinds of fun projects.  This is such a pretty sight to see!

dried lavender ready for making sachets, tea, soaps, and other homemade projects

Dried-up lavender, ready to use in sachets, teas, soaps, lotions, and many other pretty-smelling things 😉

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Adriana Copaceanu is a passionate nature lover living in the country on her dream property where she grows vegetables, lavender, and wildflowers that she shares with the wildlife they attract. When she's not in the garden, she loves spending time with her chickens and planning her next nature project. Check your her books below:

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