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Lavender (English)

Lavender (English)

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English Lavender: Timeless Beauty and Aromatherapy

English Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, is a classic and beloved herb known for its fragrant flowers and aromatic foliage. Originating from the Mediterranean region, this evergreen shrub has been cherished for centuries for its beauty, versatility, and use in various applications, including aromatherapy.

With its timeless beauty, aromatic foliage, and versatility, English Lavender remains a popular choice for gardens, borders, and containers. Following these care guidelines will help ensure the health and abundance of this classic herb.


  • Flowers: English Lavender produces slender spikes of small, tubular flowers that form tight clusters. The blooms range in colour from shades of purple to blue, and they are highly aromatic. The flowers are not only visually charming but also attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.
  • Foliage: The narrow, grey-green leaves of English Lavender are highly aromatic and release a soothing fragrance when touched. The foliage is often used in sachets, potpourris, and essential oils.
  • Size: This lavender variety typically grows in a compact, bushy form, reaching a height of about 1 to 3 feet, depending on the specific cultivar.

Care Requirements

  • Light: English Lavender thrives in full sunlight. Plant it in a location where it receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily for optimal growth and prolific flowering.
  • Soil: Well-draining soil is essential for English Lavender. Sandy or loamy soil with good drainage helps prevent root rot. It prefers slightly alkaline to neutral soil.
  • Water: English Lavender is drought-tolerant once established. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings, and avoid overwatering to prevent root issues. Water at the base of the plant to keep the foliage dry.
  • Pruning: Regular pruning after the flowering period helps maintain a compact shape and encourages bushier growth. Trim back spent flower stalks and shape the plant as needed.
  • Temperature: English Lavender is hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8. It appreciates well-drained soil and can tolerate cooler temperatures, making it suitable for a wide range of climates.
  • Fertilization: English Lavender doesn't require heavy feeding. Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in spring to provide essential nutrients.
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