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English Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)

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English lavender is an aromatic, evergreen garden herb that thrives in summer heat and dry weather. It is technically a subshrub, which means it behaves like a perennial but develops woody stems over time. This Western European species is more tolerant of moister growing conditions, which is why it is commonly grown in England, though it still thrives in heat and drought. It develops a rounded, bushy habit and has fragrant, linear leaves of pale gray-green that turn steely gray in winter. Lavender blooms in late spring to midsummer, producing many slender, upright stems topped with spikes of densely clustered, violetblue flowers. The highly fragrant blooms are attractive to bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators. They turn brown as they age and should be removed once spent to keep the plants looking tidy. This is the best form of lavender for cutting because of its longstemmed flowers. Its flowers have been used in perfumes, poultices and potpourris for centuries, so this evergreen is a staple plant for the herb garden. If preparing the blooms for potpourri and sachets, cut them while fresh and hang them to dry. English lavender is also a fine choice for edging, containers and sunny dry spots where fragrance and summer color are needed. It also makes a fine container plant.

Genus - Lavandula Species - Angustifolia Common name - English Lavender Pre-Treatment - Not-required Plant type - Perennial, Semi-evergreen or Evergreen, Fragrant
Hardiness zones - 5 - 8 Exposure - Full Sun Height - 0,30 - 1,20 m Spread - 0,60 - 1,20 m Growth rate - Fast Bloom season - Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer Leaf / Flower color - Green / Violet - Lavender Soil PH - Neutral, Alkaline Soil type - Fertile, Well drained, Loam, Sand Water requirements - Drought Tolerant, Average Water Landscape uses - Dried Flower / Everlasting, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS : 1. Plant the seeds in well-drained soil about 5 mm beneath the surface. The soil does not need to be nutrient-rich, but it must be moist. Do not over-saturate and make the soil muddy. 2. Prune any nearby trees to allow for adequate light. Lavender plants require full sunlight, and they grow best in open fields without any shade. Even moderate shade can hinder growth. 3. Water as needed to ensure soil moisture during germination. Lavender plants germinate in 14 to 25 days. Once the seedlings have sprouted, ensure adequate moisture, although it's not as essential. Lavender plants thrive even in arid environments. 4. Pull out weeds from the area around the sprouting lavender on a daily basis during the spring and summer. Weeds consume water and nutrients that could go toward lavender growth. 5. Cut away dead stems in autumn, as is recommended for lavender by the American Horticultural Society. If you leave dead organic matter in your lavender garden over the wintertime, it hinders regrowth in the spring. 6. Dig up your lavender plants and move them to indoor pots if you anticipate winter temperatures reaching below 0C. After one growing season, your lavender seeds will have matured, but they will not return the next season if the temperature gets too cold.
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