Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:26
Its TOO ACID. Loam is just a name for good soil.....eg sandy loam is a good sandy type soil, clay loam is a good clay type soil.
I think it's too wet for heathers too. They like it drier.
My advice is not to grow lavendars. I have no doubt.....no doubt at all....if you contact the forum again in a few months it will be to say the lavendars have died.
The very wise maxim is......work with the soil and conditions you have. You are tryIng to work against them. What is the point of that? Plenty of advice to help you do that but grow something else.
I want a bed of azaleas but my soil won't allow that. So I don't grow them in my garden.??????
Echinacas? Noooooooooo. Rudbeckia Goldsturn is a brilliant yellow perennial that will grow there as will astilbes. Astrantias, etc.
Azalas, dwarf rhododendrons, kalmias, etc. will grow there. Lithodora is a low cascading evergreen with brilliant blue flowers in spring and early summer and will love it there too.
Plenty of better options