Lavenders prefer a full sun position in well drained soil or a good quality potting mix like Yates® Premium Potting Mix. In areas with acidic soil, apply some fast acting Yates® Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite to raise the soil pH, as lavenders prefer a slightly alkaline soil. Lavenders are tolerant of dry conditions once established, needing an occasional deep watering during hot weather. Plants should be pruned by up to a third each year after flowering, to keep them bushy and promote fresh new growth.
Lavender foliage releases a delightful fragrance when brushed against, so hedging a pathway with lavender provides a lovely aroma as well as beautiful flowers. Lavenders also work well when planted repeatedly throughout border gardens and potted displays. Lavenders attract pollinating insects, so are ideal to include near vegie patches and fruit trees to improve pollination.
To encourage healthy growth and lots of flowers, feed lavender plants every 6–8 weeks with Yates® Thrive® Natural Roses & Flowers Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food. Spread the pellets around the root zone of both in-ground and potted plants. Yates Thrive Natural Roses & Flowers contains a special combination of more than 50% natural ingredients, boosted with fast acting fertilisers, including flower-promoting potassium, to encourage both vigorous green leaf growth and lots of beautiful lavender flowers.