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could anyone tell me the best Lavender for edging along a path?I would prefer a dark blue colour with a spread which is not too high and nice and compact. This is my first foray into gardening! Any advice as to how far apart to plant them and any other advice at all will be very gratefully received!!. Many thanks

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  • Posted: Thu. 24th July 2014 13:21

Re: Lavender path edging

Reply from Clockhouse Nursery

Lavandula angustifolia "munstead" or "Ellagance Purple".
Plant about 30cm apart as a rough guide. You can go a little closer or further apart depending on the size of the plants that you buy.
The key to keeping Lavender as a low hedge is pruning, you must cut back the flowering stems as soon as they finish, pruning about 1" into the main dome of foliage. This hasnt got to be a precise exercise, shears are fine as long as you collect up the cuttings from the tops of the plants.
The two varieties suggested are naturally more compact but will grow fast enough to achieve your desired effect. Many others are too vigorous or too dwarf.
Another thing to think about is that the average life of a lavender is 3-5 yrs, but they are generally cheap enough not to have to worry too much about replacing them after a while.
They prefer full sun in freely drained soils. Light shade will be ok but your flower heads will lean and reach in the direction of the most prominent light.
Hope this helps.

  • Posted: Thu. 24th July 2014 14:24

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Reply from margaret

Hi Clockhouse Nursery, Many thanks indeed for your full and informative reply. Much appreciated. Margaret

  • Posted: Fri. 25th July 2014 12:42

Re: Lavender path edging

Reply from Zena Conroy

Lavender hidcote is the best for colour and smell it's the prettiest deep blue.

  • Posted: Thu. 24th July 2014 15:20

Re: Re: Lavender path edging

Reply from margaret

Hi Zena thanks so much for your reply. Will certainly look at Hidcote.
Best wishes Margaret

  • Posted: Fri. 25th July 2014 12:44

Re: Lavender path edging

Reply from Zena Conroy

Lavender hidcote is the best for colour and smell it's the prettiest deep blue.

  • Posted: Thu. 24th July 2014 15:21