Lavandula x intermedia

An adaptable lavender to the Northeast. Hardy, Zones 5-9. Zones 5-7 locate plants protected from the wind. Lavender's are pretty. They are border plants, accent plants, and look good with bushes and small trees. A one foot spacing will bring plants together for a low hedge appearance.

Plant Characteristics
Pest Resistance Excellent
Disease Resistance Excellent
Drought Tolerance Very Good
Heat Tolerance Very Good
Humidity Tolerance Very Good
Sun Tolerance Excellent
Wet Soil Tolerance Poor
Shade Tolerance Poor
No Spray Excellent
Salt Tolerance Fair
Deer Resistance Very Good
Thorns No
Plant Type Shrub
Soil Type Well Drained
Edible Type Leaf
Self Fertile Yes
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Lavender Care Guide

Lavandula, a member of the mint family (Labiate or Lamiaceae), is native to the Mediterranean region but is cultivated in many other parts of the world.

Full sun is a prerequisite for the most productive lavender cultivation, although there are reports of lavender growing successfully with as little as four hours of sun a day.

A neutral to slightly alkaline soil is optimal. Lavenders are more particular about soil acidity than many other herbs, but they grow well in soils of pH 6.4 to 8.2. If you suspect that your soil is very acidic, have a soil test done and add lime as necessary.

Excellent drainage is crucial. Adding humus in the form of peat moss, manure, or compost will improve the drainage of both sticky clay and sandy soil. Raised beds or mounds will keep root systems out of soggy soil. Lavenders are good candidates for rock gardens.

Good air circulation around the plants will minimize the fungus diseases that attach lavender in humid climates. Space the plants 2 to 3 feet apart and avoid jamming them close to other perennials or structures.

Avoid dark mulches, particularly in hot and humid climates. Wood chips and sawdust tend to harbor fungus diseases. Arthur O. Tucker, a research professor at Delaware State College, places 1 to 2 inches of sterile white sand atop the soil to reflect light and heat back into the interior of the plant where fungus diseases start; he has found that the sand mulch substantially boosts flower production.

Sufficient water is particularly important in the first season after planting. Once established lavenders are generally fairly drought-tolerant, but inadequate water may discourage the new growth necessary for a second flowering in recurrent-blooming varieties. The optimum amount of water is 33 inches a year, but lavenders can survive with as little as 12 inches a year.

Prune old wood hard in spring to stimulate new growth; snip back unruly branches during the summer to keep it shapely. Pruning late in summer cold climates is likely to stimulate new growth that will winter-kill. If a plant becomes woody and untidy with age, consider replacing it with a young plant.
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