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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Making an Herb Path Through a Wildflower Meadow
Many herbs withstand the odd footstep and thrive in the warmth reflected from pavers. Plant creeping thymes for the best effect; they will soon blur the sharp edges of the paving.
Create and Care For a Lavender Hedge
Lavender plants are generally easy to care for. Learn how to create a fragrant and beautiful lavender hedge, and maintain it for years to come.
Creating a Parterre
Parterres are ornamental flower, herb or vegetable beds edged by low, tightly clipped evergreen hedges. This herb parterre is ideal outside a kitchen window.
Coral Bells, Alumroot
Coral bells is a low-maintenance plant that blooms from spring to summer.
Luscious Lavender Is Low Maintenance
Lavender is an undemanding plant, needing only a well-drained soil and room to grow.
Lavender Garden Pathway
A garden pathway is a useful way to showcase a wide range of your favorite herbs, including lavender.
Mezze Planner: Making a Mediterranean Garden
Mediterranean-style gardens are among the most relaxing atmospheres around. Whether formal or naturalistic, their mellow color palette and emphasis on scent can whisk you away to a fine life on rocky coast, if only in your mind.
English lavender is valued for its fragrance, color and texture.
Landscape Plan: Water-Wise Garden
Beautify your entrance with a low-maintenance landscape that frees you from the garden hose. This landscape plan makes good use of natural rainfall, so these drought-tolerant plants won't beg for more water.
The low-growing shore juniper, or Juniperus conferta, is a beautiful plant for dry areas.
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