Growing lavender is yet another way to enjoy this wonderful plant. In addition to experiencing the health benefits of the essential oil, and the pleasant aroma that it brings to many household and bath products, gardening lavenderis quickly growing (pun intended) in popularity. Anything from enjoying a potted lavender plant on your veranda, to including lavender in your landscaping plans, or even planting an entire lavender garden, you’ll find it fun and easy togrow lavender
One of the first things you’ll need to do is decide what type of lavender you want to plant. There are many different species and subspecies with a variety of characteristics. Most are suited to a wide range of climates and vary in color and aroma. The most popular lavenders are the English Lavenders (Lavandula angustifolia) and the Lavandins (Lavandula x intermedia) which are hybrids. These tend to be the most aromatic and hardiest.Spanish Lavender Lavandula Stoechas isn’t quite as common, but provides a beautiful variation.
After choosing your plants, following a few simple tips for planting lavender will get you started. Identify a location with plenty of sunshine, prepare the soil, and don’t over water. Lavender plant care is easy and not a big chore. Do you already have a lavender plant and would like to have more of the same? It’s easy to propagate lavender by taking cuttings from an established plant. No matter which method you choose, you’ll soon see growth that will be the beginning of many years of beauty and incomparable aroma.
Once your lavender plant is mature enough, you will have another choice to make. When those characteristic stalks rise from the ball of a bush and develop those beautiful sweet smelling blooms, what are you going to do with them? You can leave them on the plant and enjoy them as they are. You can harvest them and arrange a bouquet. Or you can dry them and save them for crafts, dried arrangements or lavender sachets.
Life would be much easier if all of the choices we have to make were as easy as the ones we have to make when growing lavender!