How to Care for Spanish Lavender

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Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas) is a perennial flowering herb with dusky purple blooms that have a small plume on top. Both the flowers and foliage have an intense, pinelike fragrance. Spanish lavender withstands hot weather better than many other types of lavender, making it a good choice for southern gardens. It also survives frosts and brief snows with no ill effects. Spanish lavender grows from 1 1/2 to 3 feet high and has silver-green foliage. It blooms from mid-spring until summer and thrives in full to partial sun.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Garden fork
  • Organic mulch
  • Spade
  • Pea gravel
  • Pruning shears
  • General purpose fertiliser

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  1. 1

    Cultivate the garden soil 5 to 6 inches deep with a garden fork.

  2. 2

    Mix 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch with the soil.

  3. 3

    Plant the lavender at the depth it was growing before.

  4. 4

    Water until the soil is moderately moist to the plant's roots.

  5. 5

    Place 1 to 2 inches of pea gravel or sand around the Spanish lavender in place of an organic mulch layer, keeping it approximately 2 inches from the plant's stem.

  6. 6

    Water whenever the soil feels dry during the first spring and summer after planting. Once the roots are established, water only during very dry weather.

  7. 7

    Cut the faded blooms off promptly, which may encourage new flowers to form.

  8. 8

    Feed in very early spring with general purpose fertiliser.

  9. 9

    Prune away 1/3 to 1/2 of the plant's growth each fall.

Tips and warnings

  • Water at soil level to avoid damaging the blooms or foliage.
  • Spanish lavender also can be grown in a container.
  • Spanish lavender is propagated from cuttings or seed.

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