The aromatic scent of lavender is one
recognized by all. Gardening with herbs adds another dimension
to your garden - the sense of smell. These wonderfully
fragrant herbs are native to the Mediterranean region and
prefer hot, sunny areas, lean soil and excellent drainage for
success. Lavender prefers a neutral to slightly alkaline
soil. If acid, add lime. Lavender is actually a subshrub
and should be pruned as such. Cut back to 6 to 8 inches in the
Spring as soon as the leaves start to emerge. It may be pruned
lightly after flowering to remove dead flower stalks and to
shape. Do not cut into old wood at this time. Do not prune in
the fall. A mulch of gravel helps to keep plants drier and
reduces the possibility of rot.
Grow this old-fashioned
favorite to add thr beautiful scent and attractive flowers
to your garden.