LavenderLavender - Lavandula

The lavender plant is one of the most beautiful and useful plants to add to your garden.  From the fragrant, blue-purple flowers, to its ability to attract wildlife, this is one plant you will want in your yard!  With proper lavender plant care, the flowers from the lavender plant can be cut for indoor use, used in the kitchen or even used to make essential oils.  At SummerWinds Nursery, we carry many varieties of the English lavender plant and the Spanish lavender plant and our Trusted Garden Advisors can help you determine which is best for your garden.  Our experts can also answer any questions you may have about how to plant lavender or when to plant lavender.

lavender_usesLavender plant care is really quite simple.  The lavender plant does best in a warm, full sun (6-8 hours a day) location with dry, sandy and fast draining soil.  You should water your plant about once a week, being careful not to overwater. It is best to plant lavender in the fall or winter which gives the plant ample time to establish before the summer heat arrives. The lavender plant should also be pruned yearly in the spring or after it blooms. Prune back the low growth plant varieties 1 to 2 inches the first year, and then about one third of the way in following years.  This pruning will help keep the plant from appearing woody.  If your lavender plant already looks woody in the center you can cut off the old branches and trim back even more as new growths appear.  You can prune the plant to maintain the size and shape you prefer. Lavender plants do not need to be fertilized. Over fertilization often leads to less fragrant blooms.

Plant Facts:

Type: Perennials
Height: 20”- 24" tall and wide
Planting Distance: 12” – 18” apart
Bloom Time: Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun
Zones: 5-9
Soil Condition: Well Drained, sandy mix
Flower / Accent: Lavender / Lavender

Below are descriptions of lavender plants that can be found seasonally (and while supplies last) at your local SummerWinds Nursery.


4 Favorite Lavender Varieties

  • English Lavender

(a) The English lavender plant (Angustifolia) produces flowers that are great for cooking and are frequently used for decoration.  This variety needs full sun and will grow 8 – 24 inches.

  • Munstead English Lavender

(b) Angustifolia 'Munstead' is a favorite among gardeners due to the small size and fragrant flowers.  This plant bears deep purple flowers and a silver hued leaves.

  • French Lavender

(c) Adorned with beautiful purple flowers and gray green leaves, this Dentata - toothed  lavender plant will bloom during the summer and fall.

  • Spanish Lavender

(d) The Spanish lavender plant (Stoechas 'Otto Quast') has beautiful purple flowers that often resemble a pineapple shape.  This plant thrives in the heat and does well in containers. Cutting blooms will lead to a second bloom.


Other Varieties Available:

  • Grosso Lavender (a)
  • Fern-Leaf Lavender (b)
  • Hidcote Lavender (c)
  • ‘Phenomenal’ Lavender (d)
  • Provence Lavender (e)
  • Sweet Lavender (f)
  • ‘Thumbelina Leigh’ English Lavender (g)

Companion Plants for Lavender

Achillea (a), Armeria (b), Centranthus (c), Echinacea (d), Gaillardias (e), Kniphofia / Red Hot Poker (f), Geranium Cranesbill (g), Geranium Rozanne (h), Meadow Sage (i), Rudbeckia (j), Sage (k), Salvia Blue Hills (l), Salvia Nemerosa (m), Salvia Officinalis (n), Sedum-stone-crop (o), and Thyme (p).

Lavender Companion PlantsAt SummerWinds Nursery, we offer a wide variety of lavender plants.  From Spanish lavender plants to English lavender plants, or Trusted Garden Advisors can help you determine the ideal plant for your space and give you the best advice for lavender plant care.

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