How to Plant Lavender

This guide will not only teach you how to plant Lavender but also where. As an incredibly fragrant flower there are optimal places to allow these flowers to bloom. One of the easier shrubs to grow, Lavender grows best in free-draining soil. It also thrives in full sun and is drought tolerant. Best planted in spring as it will flower in Summer, filling the air with that well-known, aromatic scent.

Step 1: Where to plant

Before you start planting your lavender, it’s vital to choose where. Lavender grows beautifully in containers, but absolutely steals the show when planted in flower borders and herb gardens. It also works well as a boarder or lining a walkway, ensuring the sweet scent can be smelled all over the garden.

Step 2: Prepare your soil

Ensure you’ve removed all weeds from the selected area, and dig over any free-draining soil. If growing in groups, space plants about 90cm apart. If you’re growing a hedge, space plants about 30cm apart.

Step 3: Water

After planting, water regularly during the first season, especially in dry weather. Although lavender is drought tolerant, during the first summer newly planted lavender should be watered regularly.

Step 4: In containers

Containers, about 30-40cm, hold Lavender the best with large draining holes. Make sure the lavender is planted at the same level as its previous pot. At first water well, but then once or twice a week during summer to ensure the soil does not dry out. Containers dry out quicker as the roots have a limited amount soil in which to search for moisture.

Tips:

  • To keep your lavender plant neat and attractive, annually trim the plant in late summer, once the flowering has finished. Remove any spent flower stalks.
  • In winter, cover the lavender with a winter mulch which will protect the lavender from freezing winds and temperature.
  • Lavender is also multifunctional and can be easily repurposed. Lavender oil is perfect for aromatherapy. Or, if dried it makes great tea!

Read more of our gardening tips and planting guides:

A Guide to Growing Lavender

Long-flowering, beautifully scented and easy to grow, there’s no wonder Lavender is a beloved plant of the Mediterranean garden. They are prized for their heavily scented bloom and aromatic foliage, and they are also well known for their culinary and medicinal properties.

Find out how to plant, grow and maintain Lavender in our step-by-step planting guide.

What You Need to Know

Step 1: Choose Your Plants

First things first, you need to choose what Lavender plants you want to grow to create a wonderful scented garden. To help you out, we’ve selected our favourite versatile Lavenders that you can use for edging, hedging, pots, containers or as an accent plant!

Our top picks:

Lavender ‘Blue Spear’

All your Lavender needs in one plant! These beautiful, fragrant blue flowers are easy to grow, attract pollinators and their compact nature makes them versatile for planting.

Lavender ‘Munstead’

This English Lavender has a well-earned reputation as tough, reliable and heavily scented. Their compact nature make them perfect for pots or the front of a border.

Lavender ‘Stoechas Papillon’

This romantic pink French Lavender bring an extra flair of style to the garden. These blooms make an elegant addition to pots and borders.

Step 2: When and Where to Plant

Lavender plants love the sunshine. Plant them in a full sun position of the garden, and don’t worry, these lovely plants are drought tolerant. You can plant your lovely Lavenders anytime in the Spring, from March to May, or you can plant them in the Autumn.

Step 3: How to Plant

Our beautiful Lavenders are sold as UK-grown plug plants, and here’s how to plant them. For ground planting, a well-drained soil is best as they do not like to be waterlogged, and for pots, use a container with large drainage holes and a multipurpose compost.

Plant at the same depth as the plant was in its pot; it’s as simple as that.

Step 4: Give your Plants some TLC

Once you’ve got your Lavender planted, water well during the growing season at around once or twice a week. After your plants become established in the ground, their drought tolerant nature means that you can cut back on watering as much. For container plants, the soil can dry out quicker, so regular water checks should be made.

Step 5: Pruning and Maintenance

Prune your plants after flowering in August, but you can also leave them in place as food for seed-eating birds! If you want to prune, your Lavenders will benefit from being cut back quite hard as long as there are still green shoots below your cut.

In winter, hardy Lavenders can withstand the cold temperatures but containers require more care. Move your containers to a sheltered spot over winter (greenhouse, garage, patio), so they aren’t exposed to really harsh weather.