Looking for a beautiful, aromatic flowering plant that deer tend to avoid? Learn how to grow lavender with these simple tips.
Lavender is a versatile and popular herb known for its aromatic fragrance, attractive flowers, and soothing properties.
They are also a favorite of bees and butterflies, making them an excellent option for pollinator gardens. These deer-resistant plants make excellent cut flowers as well as dried flowers too.
About LavenderWith a USDA hardiness zone of 5-9, lavender is a perennial plant that typically grows as a sub-shrub. It thrives in full sun and well-draining soil and is pretty drought-tolerant once established.
WateringWhile lavender is drought-tolerant, it’s important to provide sufficient water during its establishment phase. Water deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between watering sessions.
FertilizingLavender doesn’t require fertilization. Focus on good quality soil for it to grow in. If you grow it in containers, then use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer sparingly, preferably in early spring.
PruningPruning lavender promotes bushier growth and helps maintain its shape. Prune in early spring or after the first bloom, removing about one-third of the plant’s height.
Pest and Disease Lavender is generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, keeping the plants well-drained, well-spaced, and ensuring good air circulation can help prevent issues like powdery mildew or root rot.
Follow along to learn more about growing lavender and enjoying the flowers.