Posted: 27/04/2012 at 22:04
Hi - newbie here! - both to thread, and somewhat to gardening too! ,-)
I love scented flowers. Hence I have bought some lovely lavenders - from local greengrcoers BTW (Support your local... !).
5 are Lavender Angustifola; 2 are Lavender Munstead. I am so new to gardening that I really don't know much about these including how these 2 differ in growing habits etc.!!
I want these as plants for the following reasons:
1. to be scented
2. pretty blue colour
3. floral when in season
4. general evergreens to 'prettify!' the garden the rest of the year.
I am somewhat confused as to how plant these out - spacially - or how to grow them on, as it were - I think that is the phrase the specialists use! ,-)
I have seen such large bushes of lavenders in other people's gardens that I don't want to overcrowd them when planting out: I have a couple of nice long planters (c. 80cm long x 30cm wide x 30cm deep). How should I plant them? Will I have to plant them in these long plantersthen, later, as they grow, move them to other - larger - planters or even the garden's open flowerbeds.
I had some lavenders that I grew from seed years ago - Lavender Munstead in that case - but they went all wrong. I have a horrible feeling I overcrowded them.
These that I have now are each in an approx. 8inch wide pot, so I don't have the same issues that I faced with the lavender seeds. But I am concerned not to repeat wasting all that growing tiem & killing off the plants too. I want to get it right this time!!
All help appreciated.