A Garden Must Have
There's so much to love about lavender; its soothing fragrance, beautiful flowers, culinary uses, healing properties, and ease in the garden. A Mediterranean native, lavender plants loves the hot, dry California climate and are waterwise once established. Depending on the variety, lavender flowers spring through fall with an abundance of fragrant blooms in shades of purple, blue, pink and white that attract butterflies, birds and bees to the garden.
Health Benefits Of
The sweet aroma of lavender is one of the most popular fragrances used in oils, perfumes, and candles. Numerous studies have shown that lavender aromatherapy has numerous health benefits and truly helps to create a calmer, happier and healthier life.
- Lower anxiety, depression and nervousness
- Improve sleep
- Reduce blood pressure & lower heart rate
- Reduce menopause hot flashes
Data according to Everydayhealth.com
Lavender is gorgeous planted in mass in the garden, used as an accent or grown in pots. It’s perfect for those new to gardening or wanting a no-fuss garden. Here are some tips to growing your own lavender.
Choose an area that receives full sun; at least 6 to 8 hours. The more sun, the better. South facing locations are ideal.
Proper soil is key to the success of lavender. Lavender are a waterwise plant and good soil drainage is a mush. Dig a hole at least twice the size of the lavender nursery pot. If planting in the garden, amend the native soil at a 50/50 ratio with Dr. Earth Mother Land Planting Mix. In pots, use Dr. Earth Pot of Gold Potting Soil.
Remove the lavender plant from the nursery pot, and place in the hole. Fill in with the amended soil or more Dr. Earth Pot of Gold Potting Soil gently tapping the soil to remove air pockets.
Add a handful of organic Dr. Earth Root Zone to soil about 6 inches from the base of the plant. This fertilizer will penetrate to the roots giving the lavender the nutrients it needs to help establish in its new home.
Lavender will need to be watered regularly until they are established. Once the lavender starts producing new growth, cut back on watering to only water once every 10 days or when the lavender starts to droop.
While your lavender is actively growing, feed it regularly with Dr. Earth Annual Bloom. This is a slow-release, organic fertilizer that is scientifically formulated to provide optimum levels of primary essential plant nutrients, including micronutrients and multi minerals including eight select strains of Ecto and Endo mycorrhizae contribute to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance.
Types of Lavender
There are over 39 different species of lavender. To help choose the lavender best for you; here are some of the characteristics of the three main types of lavender; three different types of lavender: English, Spanish and French lavender.
Produces high quality oil, true lavender fragrance, best for culinary uses
Classic lavender aroma with masses of dusty purple flower that hover over gray-green foliage. An English lavender ideal as a garden border or in pots, growing one foot tall and two feet wide.
Lavender ‘Platinum Blonde’
Aromatic paisley purple flowers are offset with striking cream and green variegated foliage. An English lavender perfect for containers or in the garden growing just under two feet tall and wide.
Masses of beautiful spikes of fragrant purple flowers rise above grayish-green foliage. Grown just over a foot tall and wide. Learn more
Pine-cone shaped flowers topped with bracts, strong stems perfect for cutting, best for topiaries
Spanish lavender with showy deep purple flowers with a classic purple top. Grows two feet tall and wide. Learn more
Lavender ‘Ghostly Princess’
Stunning dark purple bracts topped by light pink blooms, beautifully contrast with fine foliage in silvery-blue. Grows two feet tall and wide.
‘Javelin Forte™ Deep Purple’ Lavender
Large, deep purple bracts and blooms on strong branches perfect for cutting. Grows one to two feet tall and wide. Learn more
Longest bloom time early spring thru fall, short spikes of blooms, grey-green fragrant foliage
A classic, highly fragrant French lavender with abundant stems of soft lavender flowers and green-gray foliage. Nice and compact growing two feet tall and wide. Learn more
A sweetly fragranced French lavender with purple-blue blooms that rebloom summer and fall accented with silver foliage. A nice mounding variety growing two to three feet tall and wide. Learn more
Lavender 'Gros Bleu'
Superb, rich fragrant dark purple flowers in summer. Grows two to three feet tall and wide, producing long stems perfect for cutting.