Dwarf English Lavender

(Question)

Hi,
I just wanted to know if the Dwarf English Lavender plant does well in our climate. Does it need to be protected during the winter. Also, can I border it in front of hydrangeas? (the Annabelle variety). Thanks so much for your help.

Franca (beginner gardener!!)

(Answer)

Hi Franca,

Yes, you can grow Dwarf English Lavender in our climate, although you do not indicate where you live.

English Lavender (Lavendula augustifolia) would be a wonderful contrast to your Annabel Hydrangea when planted along the edge of your border.   The silver foliage, purple flowers and wonderful fragrance will be a show piece in your garden from early spring to late summer.

Your dwarf plant will grow 12″ high and 12″ wide in a zone 5a garden.  It likes full sun, well drained soil and moderate watering. It is even considered drought tolerant, a bonus during our hot and dry summer this year. You will notice that the flowers attract butterflies and bees which is so important in any garden.

The following link to Canadian Living Magazine will provide further information about your plant.  I am sure you will find it helpful.

https://www.canadianliving.com/home-and-garden/gardening/article/how-to-grow-lavender

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