Lavender 3 x 9cm Organic Herb Plug Plants
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Historically treasured for its calming properties, lavender is a fantastic herb to bring height, colour and a sweet fragrance into your garden. This interesting variety has bright, evergreen foliage that creates a well textured and interesting to look at display. From June to August the elegant stems bloom into the purple-blue fluffy flowers we all recognise. When flowering, the plant gives off a rich perfume that is both relaxing and inviting. In the kitchen lavender is a long-forgotten favourite. Used a lot in country cooking before the Second World War. It is an herb that goes brilliantly with desserts, try grinding some lavender into the sugar you use to make cakes and cookies or infuse into cream to make lavender scented ice cream. If you want a more savoury approach, mix lavender, mint and rosemary together and rub on lamb or chicken to rediscover a long-lost taste of British cooking.
How to grow lavender
Plant in a well-draining soil that receives a lot of sun throughout the day. Lavender is a drought tolerant herb and will require little watering when established, however in the first few months’ water regularly to stimulate root growth. Over time the plant will become leggy. To stop this, prune once a year in April using shears to remove any spent flower stalks and about an inch of the new year’s growth.
How do I harvest lavender?
No matter if you want to cook with it or make scented oils and soaps, fresh lavender is always the best option. To harvest your lavender simply snip the flowers from the stems and then hang to dry in a warm place until you're ready to use it.
What is a perennial plant?
Unlike annuals, which only live for one season, perennial plants are a long-term solution to colour in your garden that will come back year after year. Typically, a perennial will only bloom for one season of the year, however there are long-blooming perennials. If grown in the right conditions and treated well a perennial can live between three and five years. For a garden that has colour all round you should plant a mix of annuals and perennials that bloom in different seasons.
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