Lavender Growing Guide



Crop Rotation Group



Any average, well drained soil.


Full sun to partial afternoon shade, with excellent air circulation.

Frost tolerant

A hardy perennial from the Mediterranean, lavender will survive winter temperatures to -17C / 0F.


Not generally needed beyond annual topdressing with rich compost in spring.


Colourful petunias, nasturitums or other annual flowers that contrast with lavender’s gray-green foliage and blue flowers.


Single Plants: 40cm (1' 3") each way (minimum)
Rows: 35cm (1' 1") with 50cm (1' 7") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Start with a purchased plant, or start seeds indoors and set out at about the time of your last frost. Some strains are propagated only from rooted cuttings. A mature clump of lavender will grow to 60 cm (24") wide.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Try different strains, and even species, to find the right lavender for your climate. Lavender demands excellent drainage, and benefits from dry, airy conditions.


Gather spikes of lavender flowers as soon as they open, and dry in small bundles before storing in an airtight container. You can also dry lavender branches for use in recipes, sachets or potpourri.


Wait until spring to prune back lavender plants, because the dead stems help shelter the base of the plants from harsh winter weather.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Lavender