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.

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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.

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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.

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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 SuccessEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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