Making a Lavender Hedge

Attractive to look at and much loved by bees and butterflies, these aromatic features are easy to grow, requiring no feeding and little maintenance beyond an annual clip as the flowers begin to fade.
Lavender Garden Bed

Lavender Garden Bed

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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Tip for Success

Young plants need to be firmly planted. Do this by gently pressing soil in toward the roots themselves rather than pressing downward on the rootball.

Firmly Plant Young Plants

Firmly Plant Young Plants

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 1

Thoroughly dig over the ground removing large stones and all traces of perennial weeds. Add sand and small stones to heavy soil, but do not add any fertilizer or bulky organic matter unless your soil is very sandy.

Dig Over Soil to Remove Rocks and Weeds

Dig Over Soil to Remove Rocks and Weeds

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Dig holes a little larger than the plant pots and, if using larger lavenders such as "Hidcote" or "Munstead," space your plants about 12 to 15-3/4 inches apart. Space smaller varieties 10 inches apart.

Proper Plant Spacing Key to Growing Success

Proper Plant Spacing Key to Growing Success

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Firm in your plants so the soil is at the same level as the compost. On heavy soil, place the plants 3/4 inch proud of the soil and add a layer of compost with sand and stones sufficient to just cover the plant's rootball.

Planting Herbs

Planting Herbs

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Water in well immediately after planting and keep moist over their first summer or until established. Try to avoid pouring water over the top of the plant and direct it instead to the surrounding soil at the base.

Planting Herbs

Planting Herbs

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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