Regular readers have probably already figured out that here at the Garden Style Company, we’re head over heels in love with lavender.

As an essential oil, dried, in food, in borders, in containers – we’ll take it any way we can.

This beautiful little evergreen is fantastically easy to grow and comes in loads of different shapes and forms. Today, we’ve put together our own love letter to lavender.

Lavender of all forms is characterised by its silvery foliage and deliciously scented purple flowers. It survives and thrives in all sorts of soil – even heavy clay – but prefers a nice sunny spot hailing as it does from the Mediterranean.


Varieties
The most common variety of lavender is English Lavender – this is probably the plant that instantly comes to mind on the mere mention of the word ‘lavender’.

A slightly more unusual plant is French Lavender. This one is characterised by its bright purple blooms with tufty rabbit ear type leaves sticking up from the top. There’s also the refined, Lady Ann variety, which comes in at a diddy 30cm tall, and has relatively unusual pale pink flowers.

Planting
Lavender takes especially well when planted in the spring but don’t let that put you off planting right into the summer. They love the sun so make sure you choose a nice sunny spot. If you plant straight into your borders, dig a hole deeper than the root ball, after having watered the lavender while still in the pot, ease it gently into the freshly dug hole and fill in with good quality peat-free compost.

If you’re going for a container for your lavender, head straight to one of our fab planters like the Stockholm wooden planter. Fill the bottom with broken crockery, add your peat-free compost, pop in the plant and water. Simple. Do remember to water regularly, when the top surface of the soil looks dry.


Pruning
Lavender needs a decent trim every year to keep it looking its best and to avoid woody legs. After flowering or in early spring (after frosts), trim any flowering stems, then give the whole plant a good 2.5cm chop.

If you want to propagate your plants, this can be done by taking soft, or hard-wood cuttings.

Health Benefits
Lavender not only smells divine, it also has magical powers to help us sleep, settle upset tummies, keep us calm, and has the power to heal too. Adding lavender either as a dry herb, or an essential oil to your bath, or in herbal tea is a good way to get started. Lavender can also help your skin by using cooled tea to help get rid of dandruff and itchy scalp, and to soothe burns. Many people swear by adding just a drop to moisturiser to calm the skin and act as a natural antibacterial ingredient in the fight against spots.

Lavender really does do it all. From healing, to soothing and drinking, to just looking downright beautiful, this is one awesome shrub.

How can you add more lavender to your life?