How to Plant Lavender Bushes


Lavender is a hardy perennial herb with varieties that thrives in nearly any growing zone. While lavender can be planted from seeds or started from cuttings, the simplest way to plant lavender in your garden is through planting lavender shrubs from your nursery. Plant several types of lavender in your garden to determine which thrives best in your environment.

Step 1

Chose a location for your lavender in an area of your garden that receives full sunshine. Make an 18 to 24 inch mound of soil for each lavender plant, spacing the mounds according to the heights of each plant. For 3 to 4 foot lavender varieties, space your mounds 3 to 4 feet apart.

Step 2

Water your lavender plant in its nursery pot and set aside for an hour. Dig a hole in each mound just big enough for the root bundle.

Step 3

Place a cup of small stones in each hole to help with drainage. Mix equal parts bone meal, lime and manure and add 1/2 cup of the mixture to each hole.

Step 4

Remove your lavender plant from its container and clear away any excess planting material. Position the root bundle just over the stones, lime, bone meal and manure and fill in soil around the base of the plant.

Step 5

Water newly planted lavender regularly until the roots are established (several months). Once established, water during dry spells or whenever the soil completely dries out.

Tips and Warnings

  • Plant lavender away from any sprinkler system that may cause over watering.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shovel
  • 1 cup small stones
  • Lime
  • Manure
  • Bone meal
  • Potted lavender plants


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About this Author

Lydia Stephens began writing professionally in 2009. She has written online for Nile Guides, and various other Web sites and has been published in "Stringing Magazine" and "Xiamen Wave." Stephens played competitive soccer for 19 years, has been weight lifting since 2007 and enjoys running, biking and sailing. She has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of Texas.