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Planting Lavender

Hi all,

I'm brand new to gardening having just moved to a property with a garden (and inherited a greenhouse to boot!).

As one of my first garden ventures I'd really like to get a lavender plant, but have no idea where/how/when to start this. Are they best in a container or in a bed? Should I have it in a sunny spot or a shady spot? Now or later? SO many questions!

Any advice gratefully received.



  • Thank you both for the advice - I didn't know a lavender hedge was possible! Sounds brilliant.

    Thanks again - I'll let you know how it goes.

  • MeomyeMeomye Posts: 924

    May I ask, is there is any particular  Lavendar you would recommend for scent/colour? only, I have noticed my neighbour's is a very dark purple compared to mine and hers is still in flower where as mine has finished. Thanks

    Hope you don't mind me jumping in Beginners Luck image

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,790


     Photo is end of June, but France is ahead of UK.

    My lavender hedge did well this year. It is Hidcote, (I think, but could be Munstead which is bluer and paler, bought it about 8 years ago) a dwarfish purple one that flowers on the early side. It is now over and a bit messy so I must clip it. I also have a bigger one with pale grey leaves and lilac flowers that is flowering now, think it smells a bit stronger. I live in SW France and lavender like it here as it can be very sunny and warm in summer.


    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Posts: 3,845

    I live in the wet west of Scotland and lavenders can be a bit of a hit or miss up here.

    i have Hidcote and find it is the hardiest (planting advice as above) I replace a few plants each year. Remember the cutting back rules, all stems off after flowering and then another firmer trim in the spring. 



    I also planted French lavender at the side of the house, out of the wind and against the stone wall. (extends now either side of the bench) It does beautifully!


    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
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