Landscaping With Lavender: A Beginning Gardener's Dream

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Lavender is a drought-resistant, low-maintenance perennial plant that attracts bees and produces beautiful flower spikes, perfect for drying. Lavender is also very hardy and fragrant. It's perfect for first-time landscapers because this plant is easy to get started and requires no extra steps like fertilization. These tips will help you begin growing lavender in your landscape. 

Locations

Lavender needs a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Southern and western exposures are best. Soil that features standing water after a rain or irrigation is not well-drained and thus not suitable for lavender. 

Since lavender is intolerant of extra water and doesn't mind a little negligence, the best place to put your lavender is somewhere that gets little or no supplemental irrigation from your sprinkler system. Keep lavender well away from plants that do require a lot of water. If you wish to grow lavender on your property but your other plants require heavy or regular watering, or if the soil doesn't drain well, consider growing lavender in a separate container to keep it from being overwatered. Lavender is an easy-to-contain plant that will usually develop a spread of about 4 feet at most, so you can use it to line your property, as you would with landscaping shrubs. 

Planting Tips

When selecting a plant, choose a cultivar that's suitable for your climate and USDA hardiness zone. If you live in a humid region, look for cultivars that can handle moisture in the air. 'Sweet' and 'Provence' cultivars both tolerate more rain and humidity than some other cultivars. Fall is the best time to plant lavender. Give it weekly waterings for the first month while the lavender is becoming established, then cut back the watering gradually until you're giving it little or no supplemental water. 

Landscaping Aesthetics

Pair lavender with drought-tolerant specimens that have a similar height and spread to create long rows of flowering shrub-like plants. For example, baby's breath forms whispy mounds in the garden and produces tiny white flowers that complement all shades of lavender well. For a more dramatic color combination, consider planting black eyed susans, which produce striking deep yellow flowers with small black centers.

For more information about landscaping with lavender, speak with an experienced landscape designer or gardener in your area. He or she will be able to tell you more about the best place to put your lavender and the best way to keep lavender healthy on your property. 

For more information, contact Ralph Wells Landscaping or a similar company.

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