Lavenders are great for growing as one specimen plant or making a lavender plant hedge. Define a garden or border a landscape with these small flowering shrubs. Here at our Mail Order Nursery, buy lavender plants online. Easy to grow flowering perennial plants, these fragrant evergreen to semi-evergreen plants grow best in poor to sandy soil.
English Lavender Plants are early bloomers beginning in mid spring. Once they complete their first round of blooming, they typically begin again. So for all season blooming, plant Munstead and Hidcote. The Hidcote Blue Lavender variety grows especially well in cooler climates.
Spanish Lavender Plants typically bloom around mid to late spring. Our Spanish Lavender, the Kew Red, is also referred to as Rabbit Ears or Butterfly Lavender because of the petals at the top of the bloom much like tiny pineapples. The blooms are not as sweet smelling as other varieties so they will not attract swarms of flying insects, yet honeybees seem to enjoy them. This variety is note worthy, because it performs better in humid areas than other lavenders.
French Lavender Plants are cultivars of Lavandin (lavandula x intermedia) which are cultivated mostly in France for their oils. Both Grosso and Provence are excellent choices for strong fragrant buds and for craft projects such as drying for bouquets and wands. Grosso is especially cold hardy.
As with most other Mediterranean herbs, lavender prefer dry sandy soil. When planting in clay or other dense soil, dig the hole an inch or two deeper than the root system and fill that space with coarse sand for better drainage. Also, mix sand into the soil that will be filling in the hole around the root system. Allow the top part of the root system to sit just slightly above the ground.
First year plants should be kept clipped back so that it does not produce blooms. This forces all its energy into plant growth, rewarding your garden with beautiful large plants for the second growing season.