Lavender is a woody plant that produces small fragrant flower clusters. Lavender flowers and oil are often used in cooking, decorating, and for aromatherapy. You can plant your own lavender plant in your garden and benefit from the delicate flowers and their soothing scent. Planting lavender is not difficult, but lavender prefers loamy, well-draining soil, so you will need to make some soil amendments if your garden soil is heavy clay.
Choose a planting site that receives six to eight hours of sunlight per day. Dig a hole twice as deep as the root ball of the plant and at least two to three times as wide as the root ball's diameter.
Mix in sand and organic compost with the soil until you have a light, loamy blend. How much you'll need to use depends on the clay content of your soil.
Place the lavender plant in the hole, holding the plant carefully with one hand as you work the soil beneath and around the plant with the other. The top of the root ball should be level with the surface of the ground.
Mix water-soluble starter fertiliser in a watering can. Apply this to the newly planted lavender according to the instructions on the fertiliser package.
Place an inch of sand or gravel around the plant. This will help to keep the plant warm, as well as keep the foliage dryer, to prevent fungus.
Things you need
- Organic compost
- Starter fertiliser
- Watering can