Plant of the month August - LAVENDER

The ever popular Lavender - prized for adding scent and texture to any garden.

Lavender is an easy to grow, evergreen shrub that produces masses of beautifully scented flowers above green or silvery-grey foliage. A drought-tolerant plant it thrives in a sunny border, patio pots, containers, herb or gravel gardens.

Lavender prefers chalky, alkaline soils but on heavier soils, like clay it tends to be fairly short-lived, becoming woody at the base.

To keep plants compact and flowering Lavender should be pruned every year. On established plants use secateurs to remove flower stalks and about 2.5cm (1in) of the current year’s growth, making sure that some green growth remains.