Lavender is a much-loved perennial shrub that deserves a place in every garden. Its heavenly scented flowers and highly aromatic silvery-green leaves suit all garden styles and grows easily in garden beds or pots. Once established, it’s fairly low maintenance and drought tolerant, although will perform better with care. There are a few different types, including: the ‘true’ English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), French lavender (Lavandula dentata) and Spanish or Italian lavender (Lavandula stoechas). Each look different, but all have the same gorgeous perfume and are fantastic for attracting bees and other pollinators into your garden – great to have near the vegetable patch or fruit trees to help promote pollination. Here’s how to grow lavender.
Only occasionally in summer
Well drained soil
Suitable for all climatic zones