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.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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The perfume from a lavender hedge is without equal, while the beautiful purple flowers attract scores of bees and butterflies in summer. The strongest scent is released when the flowers are brushed, so plant your hedge where you can run your fingers through the stems as you pass.
When to Plant: Spring
At Its Best: Summer
Time to Complete: 2 hours
- small lavender plants
- trowel or small spade
- all-purpose liquid fertilizer
Prepare the Ground
A month or two before planting your hedge, dig plenty of organic matter into the soil to improve drainage.
Space Plants Evenly
In spring, buy small plants and make holes at 12-inch intervals, or dig out a long trench. The plants won't require additional fertilizer at this stage. Plant so they are at the same level as they were in their pots.
Firm in Soil
In heavier, clay-rich soil, plant the lavenders slightly above the soil surface, and draw up soil around the root ball to encourage water to drain away from the base of the plant. Firm in around the plants with your fingers.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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