Growing guide

How to grow lavender

Lavender is prized for its richly fragrant flowers and aromatic foliage. This easy-to-grow shrub thrives in a sunny spot, in free-draining soil or a container.

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Quick facts

  • Easy to grow shrub
  • Flowers in late spring and summer
  • Evergreen foliage, usually silver-grey or grey-green
  • Best planted in spring, in free-draining soil
  • Thrives in full sun and is drought tolerant 
  • Many types are hardy, but avoid planting in cold, damp spots
  • Prune annually to keep compact
  • Easy to propagate from cuttings
  • Leaves and flowers used for drying
  • Flowers are very attractive to bees and other pollinating insects

All you need to know

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