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
Things you need
- Garden fork
- Organic mulch
- Pea gravel
- Pruning shears
- General purpose fertiliser
Cultivate the garden soil 5 to 6 inches deep with a garden fork.
Mix 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch with the soil.
Plant the lavender at the depth it was growing before.
Water until the soil is moderately moist to the plant's roots.
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.
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.
Cut the faded blooms off promptly, which may encourage new flowers to form.
Feed in very early spring with general purpose fertiliser.
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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