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How To Incorporate Lavender In Your Herb Garden Design

Lavender

Lavender is among aromatic herbs; it has gray leaves and has got violet and blue flowers. Lavender is considered to be a versatile and very useful herb. The Lavender tea has got a very relaxing and calming effect on your mind and body. Lavender has also got applications in cooking, medicine, beauty, health, home decor and spirituality. The average height of Lavender is about 60 centimeters. Being very romantic and one of the aromatic herbs, Lavender is favorite herb of every gardener and a part of his herb garden design. It is short flowering herb which mostly grows in rocky and sunny areas. Lavender is famous for its beautiful color and fragrance. That’s why it is used in soaps, shampoos and air fresheners. Aromatic herbs like Lavender also serve the same purpose.

Requirements Of Growth

If you are fond of aromatic herbs garden, and want to grow lavender then keep some points in mind. Like every plant, the success in planting and growing lavender depends on its growing conditions and the variety of lavender plant you choose to grow. Lavender plant tolerates almost every kind of growing condition and environment. But it perfectly grows in full sunlight and warm, well drained earth. Chalky and especially the alkaline soil enhance and increase fragrance of lavender plant. Lavender plant is totally drought resistant and tough and tolerant plant. While first growing a Lavender plant, don’t hesitate giving them compost in its planting hole. Always keep your Lavender plant regularly watered in the first season of growing.

Special Considerations While Growing Lavender

Lavender For Aromatic Herb Garden

Dampness is more dangerous than cold for Lavender plants and other aromatic herbs because it kills aromatic herbs. Dampness is basically in two forms i.e.; high humidity in summer season and wet roots in winter season. In order to avoid humidity make certain of a lot of spacing between the plants for proper flow of air and always try to plant your lavender plant in an area that has enough sunlight. You may benefit from the mulch layer if the ground (where lavender plant is grown) has softened or frozen.  Always make sure of protection of Lavender plant from the harsh winds of winter. You may plant your Lavender plant next to a wall of brick or stone for getting additional protection and heat for your Lavender.

Pruning

Although Lavender plant is regularly pruned by harvesting Lavender flowers, in order to encourage growth and for keeping lavender plants well shaped, a little spring pruning is required. Varieties with low growth could be pruned back some inches or could be cut to the new growth. If you are in the area where there are chances for your lavender plants to suffer die-back of winter, never prune your plants of lavender until you notice some new growth on the base of lavender plant. If you prune the lavender plants too soon in winters, they would stop growing. So, be careful.

Containers

You may always plant your Lavender in the Plant pots and keep moving it indoors and outdoors according to weather conditions. Always keep in your mind that lavender plant has got spreading and a large system of roots that prefers growing in any tight space. In order to grow lavender plant you should choose a pot which is able to accommodate Lavender root ball with some inches to spare. Never choose a very large pot in order to plant lavender because it encourages dampness. Make sure that your pot has got enough drainage. In order to avoid water pooling in your pot, put loose gravel about an inch in the bottom of Lavender plant. You can beautify your herb garden design by growing lavender in different types of pots.