Archive for May, 2012
Despite wet weather across most of the country, Lavender plants are selling like they are going out of fashion. These tough, drought tolerant plants are wonderful additions to every garden and in my own garden at home I recently replaced an old and slightly woody Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender) with lovely little bushy Lavender Hidcote plants, planted at 4 per metre and which, in just the one week since I planted them, have increased by about 50%! The leaves are very heavily scented – really noticeable when you are taking them out of pots and manhandling them. I had a couple of spares so they’ve gone in nice terracotta pots on my terrace steps and I expect them to completely fill the pots within a few weeks.
This year, as well as the staple 1.5L pot size we also have 5L pots for those looking for bushier more mature specimens and we have small but beautiful quality cell grown plants which are ideal for those with a little more patience than budget. They should still flower this summer and if not this summer then definitely next summer. At the other end of the spectrum, we’re also patiently waiting for some mega 10L pot specimens to be ready – just a couple more weeks hopefully. They’ll be real statements.
The key with all Lavenders is to plant them in dry soil or plant them in such a way that rainwater will run away from the roots (on little soil mounds). Other than when you first plant them, they need no watering unless we have a really long dry spell (imagine Lavender growing in Provence and you won’t go far wrong).
The photo shows my kitchen window which will be surrounded by Pyracantha when it’s fully mature (just coming into flower) and the little Lavender plants in a slightly wibbly wobbly row (which won’t matter when they expand a bit more) and the spares in pots on the steps. Behind the bench is a Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata Atrovirens) hedge which was 60cm in 2L pots about 3 years ago – and is now very bushy and dense because we’ve trimmed it a little.