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In the world of gardening, few things evoke the quintessential charm of an English garden quite like lavender. With its delightful fragrance, soothing colour, and bee-friendly nature, English Lavender is the perfect addition to any garden landscape. It represents calmness, purity, serenity and devotion.

Part of the mint family, it is thought to help with sleeping well and easing anxiety and is also popular in bouquets and flower arrangements. The scent is considered clean which is why it is often included in bathing, cleaning products and essential oils.

The Shakers are believed to have been the first to grow and harvest Lavender, creating farms and selling it as a herb. It is also good at repelling bugs so has the potential to protect other plants in your garden.

The Essence of an English Garden

An English garden is more than just a collection of plants; it’s a living tapestry that blends nature, beauty, and tranquillity. Traditional English gardens often have a mix of formal and informal elements, combining neat borders with lush, free-flowing plants. Pathways lined with lavender or other aromatic herbs will look and smell amazing, you can also add Peonies, Delphinium, Hollyhock, Phlox and Roses, to name just a few! 

If you’re feeling inspired to cultivate your own English garden oasis, here’s why you should include this hardy plant, complete with planting and maintenance tips.

Why Include English Lavender

English Lavender is renowned for its deep purple-blue flowers and exquisite fragrance. When selecting lavender plants, consider varieties like ‘Hidcote’ or ‘Munstead’, known for their compact growth and robust scent. Lavender’s nectar-rich blooms attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, contributing to a healthy ecosystem beneficial for the environment, it also adds a beautiful scent and vitality to your landscape. 

Planting Tips

To plant lavender, prepare the soil by adding organic matter like compost to improve drainage. Space the plants about 15-20cm apart to allow for good air circulation. After planting, water the lavender regularly until it establishes itself. Once established, lavender is relatively low-maintenance and drought-tolerant, ideal for an English garden aesthetic. You can also plant in baskets or pots on a patio.

English Lavender

English Lavender

Maintenance and Care

English Lavender is relatively easy to care for, requiring minimal pruning and upkeep. Trim back the plants lightly after flowering to maintain their shape and encourage bushy growth. Avoid overwatering, as lavender prefers drier conditions. Keep your eye out for signs of pests such as aphids or fungal diseases like powdery mildew, addressing them promptly to maintain plant health and vitality. 

If the winter is quite harsh protect lavender from colder conditions by covering it with mulch or bringing potted plants indoors.

Scent and Sensibility

One of the most enchanting aspects of English Lavender is its fragrance. The sweet, herbal scent can perfume the air and promote relaxation. We suggest planting lavender near seating areas or along garden paths where you can fully enjoy its aroma.

English Lavender is a delightful plant that celebrates nature’s beauty and sensory pleasures. With careful planning and proper maintenance, it can play a big part in transforming your space into a haven of English garden tranquillity and charm. 

Have we persuaded you to add Lavender to your garden, if so why not take advantage of the current offer on our website? Choose between our Lavender ‘Hidcote Improved’ Collection, boasting the prestigious RHS Garden Merit and RHS Plants for Pollinators awards, offered as a 6 x 10.5cm carry pack or if you want a more established plant we have a 2 litre pot option. You can order conveniently online and we will deliver straight to your doorstep.

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