We offer both 4" and gallon size plants for sale.
Lavender is an aromatic, evergreen shrub that thrive in full sun and well-drained soil. Species of the Stonechats and Lavandulas are the most commonly cultivated. Stoechas, or Spanish lavender are used primarily as ornamental plants because of their showy bracts and blossoms. All of the most commercially significant lavender cultivars are in the section Lavandula and all come from three species: L.angustifolia, L. x intermedia and L. latifolia. These three species are commonly referred to as true lavender.
Mountainside Lavender grows both Lavandins (a cross between Lavandula angusifolia and Lavandula latifolia) and Angustifolias. Lavandins are often referred to as French Lavender and are characterized by longer stems and high oil yields. Angustifolia, or English Lavender, are smaller plants, have earlier bloom times and have a generally sweeter scent.
Lavender is a relatively easy plant to grow if you know just a little bit about its needs.
Here are some tips on growing lavender:
- Choose plants that are known to grow well in your climate zone. Your nursery can help you with this.
- Space your plants so there will be plenty of room for air flow around the plant once it matures.
- Place plants in an area where they can get lots of sun.
- Make sure the soil has very good drainage. Lavender hates to have "wet feet"
- A soil pH of 7.5 is ideal. If necessary, add lime to increase pH.
- Make sure the hole is big enough to accommodate the root spread.
- Mix a little bone meal in with the soil at the bottom of the hole when planting.
- Prune plants in early spring or in the fall after harvesting for good plant shape and flower growth.
- Remember not to "baby" your lavender. They seem to thrive on near neglect!