English lavender is an aromatic, evergreen garden herb that thrives in summer heat and dry weather. It is technically a subshrub, which means it behaves like a perennial but develops woody stems over time. This Western European species is more tolerant of moister growing conditions, which is why it is commonly grown in England, though it still thrives in heat and drought. It develops a rounded, bushy habit and has fragrant, linear leaves of pale gray-green that turn steely gray in winter.
Lavender blooms in late spring to midsummer, producing many slender, upright stems topped with spikes of densely clustered, violet-blue flowers. The highly fragrant blooms are attractive to bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators. They turn brown as they age and should be removed once spent to keep the plants looking tidy.
This is the best form of lavender for cutting because of its long-stemmed flowers. Its flowers have been used in perfumes, poultices and potpourris for centuries, so this evergreen is a staple plant for the herb garden. If preparing the blooms for potpourri and sachets, cut them while fresh and hang them to dry. English lavender is also a fine choice for edging, containers and sunny dry spots where fragrance and summer color are needed. It also makes a fine container plant. (info source: Learn2grow.com)
Genus - Lavandula
Species - Angustifolia
Variety - Hidcote
Common name - Blue Lavender
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Plant type - Perennial, Semi-evergreen or Evergreen, Fragrant
Vegetation type - Semi-evergreen
Hardiness zones - 5 - 8
Exposure - Full Sun
Height - 0,30 - 1,20 m
Spread - 0,60 - 1,20 m
Growth rate - Fast
Bloom season - Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Violet/Lavender
Soil PH - Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Fertile, Well drained, Loam, Sand
Water requirements - Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Landscape uses - Dried Flower / Everlasting, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
1. Plant the seeds in well-drained soil about 1/2 to 1 inch beneath the surface. The soil does not need to be nutrient-rich, but it must be moist. Do not over-saturate and make the soil muddy.
2. Prune any nearby trees to allow for adequate light. Lavender plants require full sunlight, and they grow best in open fields without any shade. Even moderate shade can hinder growth.
3. Water as needed to ensure soil moisture during germination. Lavender plants germinate in 14 to 25 days. Once the seedlings have sprouted, ensure adequate moisture, although it's not as essential. Lavender plants thrive even in arid environments.
4. Pull out weeds from the area around the sprouting lavender on a daily basis during the spring and summer. Weeds consume water and nutrients that could go toward lavender growth.
5. Cut away dead stems in autumn, as is recommended for lavender by the American Horticultural Society. If you leave dead organic matter in your lavender garden over the wintertime, it hinders regrowth in the spring.
6. Dig up your lavender plants and move them to indoor pots if you anticipate winter temperatures reaching below 30 degrees F. After one growing season, your lavender seeds will have matured, but they will not return the next season if the temperature gets too cold.
Info source: eHow.com
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