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4 Essential Guidelines for Front Yard Landscaping with Lavender

Posted by Audrey Lichten

Mar 29, 2016

 

 

Spring is here! Is your landscape alive and growing? Or does it look like it’s still stuck in the dead of winter? One way to ensure that your yard will be blooming when spring hits each year is with lavender. A couple key components to effective front yard landscaping are vibrant colors and lasting plant life. Lavender does a wonderful job of providing both of these. This durable plant is a wonderful addition to any Bay Area landscape.

Landscaping with Lavender

Did you know that there are hundreds of varieties of lavender? They can vary in size, color and even smell! Because of this, you can get really creative with your landscaping. Here are some guidelines to consider when planting your lavender:

  1. Decide your purpose - Do you want visitors to admire your lavender as they drive up your driveway? Or do you want your guest to smell it as they walk up your front steps? Do you want the lavender to just look pretty in your yard or do you want to use it for crafts or cooking? Deciding your intent for planting your lavender will help you choose the right variety.
  2. Choosing your lavender
      • If you’re looking for a lavender that is very vibrant, consider Royal Velvet. It is a medium-sized lavender with a very vibrant purple bloom. It also has a fairly strong and sweet aroma.  
      • If contrast is what you’re going for, consider mis-matching your lavender. Melissa is a light pink lavender which pairs well with Royal Velvet because they are similar sizes and both sweet in smell (*note - both of these varieties are culinary lavender). If you want some plants that are a little larger in size, consider pairing White Spike and Hidcote Giant for a white and purple combo.
      • If a strong fragrance is your goal, go with Grosso. Because it’s a high oil producing lavender, it has a very strong aroma. This lavender is one of the larger varieties growing up to 24 inches tall.
  3. Planting
      • What: The best way to buy and plant lavender is with small starter plants. It is very difficult to grow lavender from seed, so it’s best to leave that up to the professionals. Buying a four inch or gallon size starter pot from a local nursery will be your best bet.
      • Where: When planting your lavender, choose a spot in your yard that sees a lot of sunshine. Lavender thrives in direct sunlight and well drained soil. Also consider where you place them in relation to your house and walkway. Placing these plants in a row along a walkway or porch creates a wonderful aesthetic that will boost your front yard curb appeal.
      • How: Make sure to follow the suggested spacing direction for your variety. These plants double in size every year for the first three years and continue growing gradually after that, so plan your spacing accordingly. Although lavender doesn’t need a lot of water once the plant is established, it needs a fair amount of water when first planted. Follow planting instructions provided by your nursery.
  4. Pruning and Maintenance - Caring for your lavender is a huge factor in how long it will live. They can live up to ten years or more if taken care of properly. The key is to trim your lavender at least once a year at the end of the summer. When trimming your lavender, make sure you leave at least two inches of green stem and leaves on the plant above the woody interior of the plant. Do not cut into the woody area! If you do, that part of the plant will not grow back. By trimming your lavender, the plant is able to keep a rounded mound-like shape while dormant through the winter. In the spring, new leaves and stems will start growing again!

Here at Peninsula Siding Company we want to make sure your yard and home stay beautiful and functional. If you have any questions about home and yard maintenance, be sure to contact us!

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