How to properly plant lavender

Planting lavender: what to look out for

Planting lavender is not difficult in itself. The popular perennial subshrub with the mostly violet-blue inflorescences exudes a pleasant smell, which for many is inextricably linked with summer. That is why you can find it not only planted in the bed (often not far from seats), but also in planters on balconies or terraces. Here's what to look for when planting lavender.

Planting lavender: tips in brief

It is best to plant lavender in the garden after the ice saints from mid-May. The planting distance is about 30 centimeters. Look for a warm, sunny, sheltered location and well-drained, nutrient-poor soil. A drainage layer is important in the pot. Water the lavender well after planting and keep the substrate evenly moist for the first time.

We mainly cultivate the hardy real lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), which survives in mild regions such as wine-growing areas without special winter protection. In colder regions, the plant, which originally came from the Mediterranean region, should be better protected from the icy temperatures. The great attraction of the many types of lavender lies in their unique scent, which the plants give off, especially during the flowering period from June to August. Classically, the spike-like inflorescences of lavender are colored purple-blue, but now there are also varieties with white or pink flowers on the market. All members of the mint family (Lamiaceae) reach heights of around 60 to 100 centimeters. This must be taken into account both when planting in beds and when keeping them in pots.

When is the best time to plant lavender?

Once the last frosts of the year are over, you can plant lavender in the garden. It has proven useful to wait for the ice saints in mid-May as well. If you plant lavender in a group, place lavender about 30 centimeters apart in the bed. In the first time, the plants should be watered well. Make sure that the soil is always moist.

If lavender is planted in a tub, a functioning drainage system is the be-all and end-all. To do this, clamp a pottery shard or something similar into the drain hole of the planter - this way the opening is not clogged with soil. Next, add a layer of drainage to the bottom of the bucket. A thin layer of expanded clay or fine gravel is enough. The following substrate can also be mixed with sand. So it stays nice and loose and permeable. As with planting in the garden, the same applies here: water the lavender well in the bucket and keep the substrate constantly moist for the first time.

Which location is suitable for lavender?

Lavender loves the sun. A warm and full sun location is therefore essential for him. In addition, place it as protected as possible. The Mediterranean subshrub does not appreciate cold wind or drafts at all - a protected location is therefore a must, especially in winter.

Important to know: Lavender is extremely undemanding when it comes to soil and substrate. The most important thing is that the soil is poor in nutrients and very well drained. Damming moisture actually causes the lavender, which is so robust in itself, to die. Ideally, you should not only put a drainage layer in the bottom of the planting hole or in the planter, but also mix the substrate / excavated material with some sand or gravel. If you notice that the soil does not fit, it would be better to transplant your lavender.

Fragrant jack of all trades

Lavender is very versatile. It is not only found in cottage gardens, Mediterranean gardens or scented gardens, it is also a popular plant in stone and rose gardens. It is suitable for standing alone, but can just as well be planted in groups. In this way, fragrant cut hedges or bed borders can be created very easily. Lavender is also ideal for sunny balconies or terraces, where it is particularly effective in terracotta pots. But you can also put it directly in flower boxes.

Practical video: It is so easy to propagate lavender

Do you already have a lavender in your garden and want to propagate it? Here we show you how easy it is!

If you want to propagate lavender, you can simply cut cuttings and let them root in a seed tray. In this video we show you step by step how it's done.
Credit: MSG / Camera + Editing: Marc Wilhelm / Sound: Annika Gn├Ądig