Lavender - French Lavender
'French Lavender' has a fantastic intense fragrance and small purple flowers flowers topped with lilac-blue tufts throughout summer.
This variety has been cultivated for more than 400 years and is great to grow in containers or in mass plantings at the edge of paths where their scent and colour last during their long summer flowering period.
|When to sow||Indoors February to June.|
|Where to Sow||Sow indoors on the surface of compost filled pots or trays and cover the seeds with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a warm position (temperature of 15-20°C (59-68°F) is ideal).|
|Seedlings usually appear between 21 to 42 days.|
|What to do Next||When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays and grow on in cooler conditions.|
|When all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise indoor raised seedlings to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Then transplant into final growing position planting them 45cm (18in) apart.|
|Water well until plants are established, but do not overwater as they will not tolerate water logging.|
|Lavenders should be pruned every year to keep them in a tidy shrub form. Pruning or trimming should be done each year in late summer, as soon as the blooms have faded, so that the bushes have time to make a little new growth before winter.|
|French Lavender is hardy to approx. -5°C (23°F) in well-drained soil and sheltered position. Protection with a winter mulch of straw or peat is beneficial if temperatures are likely to fall below this.|
|Flowering period||May to September (following year).|
|Companion Planting||Attracts Bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.|
|Uses||Bedding and borders, especially edging.|