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Lavender Plants in The Garden

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Lavender Plants in The Garden.  These plants can be used as hedges or stand-alone plants.  There are many types of Lavender that can be used in the garden.  Lavenders will give off a strong aromatic scent Below are some of the most common Lavenders.  In places where the temperatures reach over 110° Fahrenheit during the mid-summer months, it’s best to plant them in morning sun and afternoon shade.

Spanish Lavender (Lavendula stoechas)

Sometimes called the rabbit ears lavender.  The flower does resemble bunny ears.  They bloom profusely during the spring seasons.  It loves hot dry or humid climates perfect for the Southwest.  Place it in the garden as it will attract butterflies and can be planted in a pot or in the ground.  Make sure you have good loamy soil and drainage. Spanish Lavender will grow about 2 maybe 3ft tall and wide.

It’s great for short border plants in a walk-way entrance.

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Lavender Plants in The Garden

 

Munstead Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

The flower is smaller than the Spanish Lavender but very fragrant.  Place it in a herb or rock garden as it does not mind the heat providing it has water and drainage.  It likes full but can tolerate a few hours of shade.

 

English Lavender

(Lavandula Angustifolia) also called common lavender.  Will do great in the southwest even in Desert gardens. It likes full sun but loves good loamy soil that will drain well.  It is used in gardens throughout the Southwest for its strong fragrance and low water usage.

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French Lavender

Wooly grey colored foliage very aromatic scent.  The blooms seem to last forever and do well in alkaline soil perfect for the Southwest region. Will grow about 2 ft. tall and 1-2 ft. wide.

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Lavender plants in the Garden

Problems with Lavender Plants.

Fusarium wilt is a fungus will infect Lavenders.  Spray with a good fungicide to remove the fungus.  It will take several applications before the fungus is eliminated.

Whiteflies will attack this plant they will kill the plant but it will look bad if heavily infested.  Use a good systemic insecticide to kill them.  Go organic and use neem oil spray or insecticidal soap.  The store bought soaps will work if you follow instructions accordingly.  Read more about Insecticidal soaps here.

Avoid sprinkler overhead spray and do not plant with more than 50% shade.

Does Lavender help you sleep?

According to research, it does.  Not only Lavender but other plants if done correctly will help you sleep better.  Read more here –The glory of gardening.

Lavender plants do well in USDA Zones are 5 through 10.

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