Lavender (Lavendula spp.) are hardy perennial plants with silvery-grey, aromatic foliage and dense spike of flowers in shades of purple, blue, pink and white. The flowers appear in late spring to early summer. However, due to long flowering periods which vary across a range of varieties, it is possible to have lavender in flower for most of the year. Lavender is fantastic for attracting bees into your garden and perfect near the vegetable patch or fruit trees to promote better pollination.


How to grow Lavender in a garden

Starting from a seedling or potted plant:

  1. Choose a position with full sun and well-drained soil.
  2. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food.
  3. When planting into prepared garden bed ensure seedlings/potted-plants are spaced at least 60cm apart.
  4. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised doughnut shaped ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most.
  5. Water in gently. Water deeply once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions, allowing to dry out slightly in between waterings. 
  6. Mulch with an organic mulch such as bark chips, woodchip or pea straw to a depth of 5 - 8cm, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  7. Feed with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food.

Starting from seed:

  • Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix. Sow seeds, lightly cover with mix, firm down and gently water in well. Keep moist at all times and place in a warm and sheltered position until seedlings have grown to 5 cm tall, then plant into the garden.
  • Alternatively, sow direct where they are to grow in rows or in scattered clumps around the garden. Cover with a 5mm layer Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix. Lightly firm down and keep moist. Just be sure to enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food prior to sowing.
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How to grow Lavender in a pot

Starting from a seedling or potted plant:

  1. Choose a pot at least 200mm wide with adequate drainage holes.
  2. Position pot in full sun.
  3. Fill the pot with a quality potting mix such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  4. Remove the plant from the container. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down.
  5. Water in gently. Water deeply once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions, allowing to dry out slightly in between waterings. 
  6. Feed with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.

Starting from seed:

  • Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix. Sow seeds, lightly cover with mix, firm down and gently water in well. Keep moist at all times and place in a warm and sheltered position until seedlings have grown to 5 cm tall, then plant into the pot.
  • Alternatively, sow directly into the pot where they are to grow. Cover with a 5mm layer of Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix. Lightly firm down and keep moist.

Yates varieties

Lavender 'Hidcote'

Sweetly fragranced Hidcote has a very strong perfume. Features darker, deeper purple flower spikes than standard lavender.


Growing tips

  • Lightly cut back after flushes of flowering to retain shape and promote young healthy growth.

  • Bee attracting plant.

  • Plant can suffer from stress and yellowing if overwatered. Limit watering to once or twice a week depending on your soil type and weather conditions.

More Plants

Flax

Flax (Phormium spp.) are highly versatile plants which can grow well in swampy or dry conditions. Great for large pots or en-masse in garden beds.

English Daisy

English Daisy flowers come in single or double forms in colours of pink, red and white. Ideal in pots or in the garden as a border plant or en masse.

Echinacea

Echinacea is a hardy herbaceous perennial with large fragrant pink daisy-like flowers. Used for therapeutic purposes and as a delicious tea.

Virginian Stock

Bright pink, purple, and white blooms prolifically cover this flowering annual in spring and summer. They're easy to grow and are perfectly suited to garden beds, borders and pots.


Recommended products

Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix

Specially formulated for trouble-free seed raising in trays (or outdoor seed sowing direclty into the ground) and propagation of cuttings.