The lavender is a fragrance plant that is relatively easy to care for, and can beautify any garden with its delicate purple flowers. The shrub actually comes from the Mediterranean (its home countries are Italy and France), is insensitive to cold and extremely durable – up to 20 years. Here’s how to cut the lavender so it can grow optimally, and get other helpful care tips. Enjoy reading!
The lavender as an eye-catcher in the garden
The lavender as a garden plant enjoys great popularity throughout Europe because of its unpretentiousness and pleasant fragrance. He reaches a height of about 30 to 60 centimeters and always looks magical – either alone, or as a companion of other plants – for example, roses. The lavender is actually a sun-loving plant that prefers dry, nutrient-poor soil – so it should not be fertilized. The ideal location for this sturdy plant should be south-facing and at the same time sheltered from the wind.
Cutting lavender – practical tips
Why should you cut the lavender? If the shrub remains uncut for several years, it loses its compact form and begins to lignify from below. If you are cutting your lavender for the first time, you should consider the time when you have planted it. For example, if you have planted the shrub in the spring, it must be cut in August at the latest. If you have the lavender for several years, you have to cut it back twice – preferably in the months of April and August. The plant should be cut in principle very short, but be attentive, so as not to exaggerate. It is best to cut the lavender evenly over the narrow shrub – this is the so-called ball cut.
Old lavender shrubs “rejuvenate”
The old lavender shrubs with lignified main shoots can sometimes be saved – by a strong rejuvenation cut. For this radical pruning, choose the months of June and July, and you have a chance of success!