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If you want to bring a touch of Provence into the garden, then you should definitely grow lavender. Find out how to do it here.The symbol of Provence: the lavender
The symbol of Provence: the lavender
Lavender, the symbol of Provence, simply belongs in every garden. Because on the one hand the easy-care perennial plant spreads a pleasant fragrance in its direct environment (essential oil) and on the other hand it has many advantages as a herb and useful plant. In Central Europe there are about 20 to 30 different types of lavender that thrive splendidly. Here is a small list of the most popular varieties:
- Real lavender - so-called wild form
- spike lavender
- Canarian lavender (container plant)
- Dwarf lavender - lower height
- Provence lavender - also called French lavender
- Schopflavendel (container plant), also available in pink blooming
- Broad-leaved lavender
- Woolly lavender (container plant)
- Oregano Lavender
- Garden lavender - widespread, extremely easy to care for, is offered in numerous subgenera
These lavender perennials grow about 50 to 100 centimeters high on average. The mostly available garden lavender varieties are also known by their sonorous names Blue Ice, Hidcote, Imperial, Melissa, Miss Katherine, Peter Pan, Siesta and numerous other offers.
Also very popular, because they are extremely robust, are also lavender hybrids between garden lavender varieties and Provence lavender varieties, or giant lavender and Provence lavender, etc.
Growing lavender - that's how it's done
Lavender prefers a dry, preferably sunny and wind-protected location. Whereby he makes no demands on the condition of the floor. So this can also be quite low in nutrients. However, you should never plant lavender in a location with waterlogging.
In addition, many types of lavender are also ideal for keeping pots. Which is why he can easily find a place on balconies and patios to spread his pleasant scent.
Lavender in tubs should, however, spend the winter frost-free. It is therefore ideal if you place the plants in a bright, cool room for the winter.
You should fertilize lavender in spring (e.g. with compost) and once in late summer (immediately after flowering). That’s enough.
If the lavender has faded, you have to cut it back. Don't throw the shoots away! Because you can use them as cuttings and multiply the lavender. Simply put the shoots in a bowl with growing soil. After about six to eight weeks, enough roots have formed so that you can put the young plants in individual pots.
Use lavender to ward off moths
In addition, the ethereal scents of the lavender flower serve as an effective defense against moths in the wardrobes. Shortly after flowering, you should cut or cut the lavender with scissors. Then put the lavender flowers in a cotton fabric bag and place it in the closet.
As soon as the scent wears off, you just have to rub a little on the fabric bag or press it gently several times, and new fragrances are released again.