Posted: 29/10/2014 at 21:36
I grow a lot of lavender and secateurs take far too long! I take the shears and clip them back hard to leave a rounded shape with just a small amount of leaf left - so at last down as far as the bottom red line. Lavender tends to continue growing from where it left off last year and does not regenerate from below so if you don't trim back rigourously your plants become very leggy in a very few years. Take care not to trim back into old wood though - you must leave a bit of grey leaf.
My lovely scented trimmings go in amongst the towels and sheets in the airing cupboard!