How do I grow lavender?

Lavender is a really hardy shrub that is perfect for various styles of garden - formal, cottage, coastal, fragrant and flower gardens too.

To get the most out of your lavender you need to follow a few simple rules to ensure it looks its best:

1. Plant in a sunny spot.

Pick a spot that gets 6-8 hours of sun a day. It will survive in a semi-shaded spot but it won’t flower nearly as much as a full sun location. If you have a windy spot it's great there too as humidity is a big killer of this shrub.

2. Add grit to the soil.

This can be coarse sand or 5mm blue metal as both will aid drainage. Compost will help to break up clay soil and also add some substance to extremely sandy soils. A normal loam soil shouldn’t need any additional compost.

3. Don't over-water.

Lavender is a bit like rosemary as a shrub and it doesn’t like wet feet! Once established, only water on the hottest of days and try to keep the foliage dry to cut down on the humidity around the leaves.

4. Trim carefully

When pruning try to avoid tight clipping into a bun shape as this also holds humidity around the foliage. Instead, cut into the plant at different angles to give a more jagged appearance. This may look a bit scrappy to start with but will soon disappear when the flowers take centre stage.

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