I was first introduced to lavender plants many years ago by a woman who had only a tiny plot of ground in her condo courtyard. She loved growing herbs, and was devoted to growing lavender.
She patiently taught me how to select and grow this elegant and fragrantly flowering plant. And to this day, there’s not a place I’ve lived where I didn’t grow at least one variety and usually more!
Lavender – Ellagance Sky
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Ellagance Sky’, won the Fleuroselect Gold Medal award in 2006. Mounds of bushy silver-green foliage produce a profusion of lovely light violet blue flowers from midsummer through early fall. A fragrant flower, ‘Ellagance Sky’ may also be used for cut flower arrangements or dried for many decorative uses, including sachets and potpourri. It’s a new look for the fragrance-lover’s favorite. Lavender prefers full sun and loose, light, well drained soil. Don’t fertilize, over-rich soil will cause the plant to be less fragrant. Plant in early spring, as soon as the soil can be worked, or in late fall.
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Lavender plants are pretty easy to maintain once they’re established. They’re:
Disease resistant for the most part, except their squeamishness about damp conditions, both above and below the soil. (It’s that dampness and soggy soil that can result in root rot and fungal disease.)
Drought tolerant. And growing lavender in pots is nearly as easy as in the ground.
The trick is picking the right variety, and being willing to check the pot every year or so to see about repotting needs. You’ll also need to add in new soil each year.
Like a snug fit. These plants can thrive in pots because they enjoy being closely contained.
In fact, they flourish in flower pots with only a few inches of growing space from side to side. This is why checking them on a yearly basis is a good idea.
There are several types of lavender plants to chose from, but the two main types we’ll speak about are English and French varieties.
English lavender is, of course, an obvious choice. There are over forty varieties, with blooms that range from white through pinks and purples. Generally these lavender plants are more drought tolerant when mature than are the French types.
French lavenders, and other non-English types (including the lovely yellow lavender), have a more compact flower head than the longer spikes of the English varieties. As the name suggests, French lavender hails from a Mediterranean climate and has a more rounded, compact growth habit than its English cousin, making it a good candidate for containers.
Both English and French lavender plants are not favorites of deer. For this reason, many people plant lavender in bed alongside plants that deer tend to love, such as hostas.
Another attraction–in addition to their legendary fragrance–is that you can find varieties that bloom from early summer through fall, even in colder climates such as zone 6.
In zones 8-10, of course, you may have lavender plants gracing your balcony or garden path edge the year round.
And lavender plants are not just prized for their fragrant blooms. Growing lavender in pots also affords you some foliage variations–from silver-gray to deep green, and from deep-cut spiky leaf structures to more rounded, green color and forms.