How to Shape an Ornamental Lavender Plant

Overview

Some gardeners enjoy growing lavender to harvest the blooms for use in cooking and craft projects. While lavender grows readily in almost any sunny growing area and will happily provide a bounty of blooms for these purposes, consider adding several ornamental lavender plants to a flowerbed. Ornamental lavender will add a delightful scent and beautiful interest to a garden. Prune the lavender plant lightly to shape it during the growing season and the lavender plant will provide years of enjoyment.

Step 1

Use pruning shears to clip all of the spent flowers immediately after the lavender plant finishes blooming. Remove the flowers and the top inch or two of stems. This pruning will encourage the lavender plants to put forth fresh shoots during the remainder of the growing season.

Step 2

Watch for additional blooms before the growing season ends. After these blooms die, clip them off just under the blossoms. Do not clip off any additional stems at this time.

Step 3

Prune the ornamental lavender lightly in the beginning of spring prior to any growth. Shape the plant according to your desires for its appearance. Clip off any straggly or overgrown stems so that the plant has a tight circle or oval shape. This pruning should be minimal.

Step 4

Repeat steps 1 through 3 after the lavender plants bloom again in mid-summer.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not clip off any woody stems when pruning the lavender plants. Clip off only new green shoots.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Gardening gloves

References

  • Lavender Plants
  • Lavender Care
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About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.