The perennial herb Lavender plant, prized for purple blooms symbolizing purity, silence, devotion and grace, thrives better when planted outdoors.
With proper placement, Lavender can spread and become bushier. Thus, continue reading till the end so you know where to plant Lavender outdoors with some growing tips.
Where Does Lavender Grow Best?
The aromatic Lavenders are easy to grow and grow best in nutrient-rich, well-draining soil under full sun.
However, pots often restrain the free-spirited Lavender plant, so they thrive better outdoors.
Also, the large, rapidly spreading nature of Lavender roots can grow freely outdoors in sandy, loamy soil.
They thrive and flourish better when accompanied by companion plants like Roses, African Daisies and Thyme outdoors.
The Lavender plant is drought-tolerant, so they prefer warm, dry, sunny climatic conditions.
With that said, they are one of those few hardy perennials that reign the outdoor summer garden of Zone 4.
Where to Plant and Grow Lavender Outdoors?
Aim to plant Lavender outdoors in a sunny spot only after the last frost in spring to ensure optimal growth and health.
As Lavenders do not like to sit in water for too long, you can plant Lavenders outdoors in a raised garden bed.
Nevertheless, ensure the outdoor planting spot is not behind tall trees or buildings, as they can impart shade on the Lavenders.
- Rake the soil and add organic compost or bone meal before planting Lavenders.
- Lavenders prefer slightly alkaline soil with a pH of 6.5 to 8, so incorporate some garden lime.
- Choose a sunny spot where the sun shines for at least six hours.
- If you have Lavender seeds, sow a cluster of seeds 3mm deep with at least 5 to 6 cm spacing apart.
- Dig down a hole with enough depth to hold the starter Lavender plants root system.
- Plant the starter Lavender plants 12 to 18 inches apart to avoid overcrowding.
- Remember to gently prune off the plant’s growing tips to encourage branching.
- Thoroughly water the plants after planting to help them establish in the soil faster.
- Add organic mulch to discourage weed growth but avoid topping mulch atop the plant’s crown.
To give Lavender plants a headstart, start their seeds indoors for almost 3-4 months before the last frost date.
Remember, its seeds are not easy to germinate and can take over a month, depending on soil warmth.
Abstain From Regular Watering!
Until and unless the top two inches of soil are dry, you do not need to water the outdoor Lavender.
Remember, Lavender plants are legit drought-tolerant plants that grow better in dry, warm soil. Thus, aim for infrequent yet deep watering habits.
All The Best!