If it's a large area, you can get by with fewer plants and soil-layer them
at planting. They layer quite well.
Rather than transplant, just take cuttings from either softwood or
semi-hardwood. Most people would try something in a container first, /then/
in a bed, imo. Lavender does well in either, though. Mine went from
hayracks on my deck, to the mailbox.
As far as aromatics go, I prefer Jasmine (specifically J. nitidum) in a
container on my deck. The fragrance is much more "intoxicating". In your
zone, it would even do much better than mine (5b). May be something else
you want to try. =)
Lavandula angustifolia would be a good choice for starters. You may also
find it aka L. vera or L. officinalis. The flowers are quite fragrant, and
most likely the one you're "thinking of". It's fairly low maintainance.
After mine bloom, I deadhead them, and usually get a second bloom. In the
early spring, I'll prune them back to about 8-10" just to keep them in a
nice shape. This isn't necessary, though. I do mine because they're in a
"mailbox garden". It's a bit more of a "formal" location. It's water needs
are fairly low, and it's not a heavy feeder.
pH anywhere from 6.1 to 8.5 (mildy acidic to alkaline) should do fine. I'm
pretty sure you should have that covered, HEH. Make sure the soil drains
well. It doesn't like really wet conditions.
Eggs, thanks for the information you've conveyed and
confirmed for me concerning my newest endeavor to grow
produce and sell Lavender. correct and accurate
knowledge is the key to success.
as for Jasmine, my place is already loaded with that
sweet scent producer.
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