Lavenders – their uses & prunning of

Lavenders are one of the more popular plants used in gardens for many reasons but namely they attract many bees to the garden, they have very fragrant flowers & are a great addition of colour.

Left to their own devices, without regular prunning, the gardener will get a very woody plant quickly with little or no form to the plant – here you will learn how to prune & get more out of your lavender plants

There are many varities of lavender & its really down to personel taste to which one you like – a well stocked garden centre will have them in stock – namely English & French Lavender

Lavenders can be planted as a single plant, in groups of 3’s or even as a hedge – all variations will work well & generally are a cheap enough plant to buy so you can add more numbers to them

After you decide what, where & how many you want to plant, water them in & if dry conditions, water them in regularly but once watered they will grow away to their hearts content, flowing all summer & dispersing their glorious scent throughout your garden – once in flower, you can pick them & put them in a vase within your home getting more out of your beloved lavender – you can dry them too – but that for another day

So you have them planted & in flower all year & now you are wondering what to do with them. Lavenders will tolerate a hard prunning after flowering – this is done well below where they flower – where you see fresh growth on the 4-6 inches below the flowering stems is where you cut them forming a ball shape – this hard prunning is done to prolong the plant & preventing it getting too woody too quickly – please see photos

This photo shows you the lavender plant just after flowering  & now its time to prune but where do you start –

  1. Start your prunning of the lavender plants with a petrol hedge trimmer if you have one just to take the heavy off of them – if you dont have access to this, dont worry a shears is good

2. As you can see in the above photo, that you are prunning past the flower point – you can see that there is plenty of fresh growth underneath so aim for 4-6 inches below where it flowers – this will give it a cut cut back, shaping it up into a ball shape & to over winter like this

3. This is what you are trying to achieve with your lavender plants – a good hard prunning & into a balls of equal sizes if you have many of them

This will over winter your lavender plants & when fresh growth starts there’s a lot to be said for the plants growing in ball shapes until they burst into flower

Why not plant a few tulips in & around them like this – this lavender was cut back hard in august last year & is now gowing in a nice round shape with the addition of some tulips

its best practice too to try get your plants prunned & shaped to the same size -in & around – as this will give a nice formality to your arrangement

The great thing about lavenders are that when they become too woody & leggy that they can be dug up & replaced without costing the world

They are a great plant & gardeners get so much out of but if prunned in the correct manner, you will get many years of enjoyment out of your creation

Thanks & enjoy your gardens,
Darragh