For starters- there are lots of Lavenders-
The most common one that we have in big-box stores around here is one
of the Lavendula Angustifolia's. I've never had much luck with it in
I'm in zone 6 [more or less] and in bad winters it looks dead in
spring, but the foliage is soon replaced with new growth. Some
winters the foliage survives.
I'm in USDA zone 4 (Montreal) and last winter killed some of my lavenders
that flourished last summer. I removed the dead plants two weeks ago. The
variant was "Goodwin Creek" lavendula heterophylla, grown and sold in
Canada. I was surprised and disappointed that this wasn't hardy. Perhaps
it's hardy in Canadian greenhouses ;-)
Thanks Christopher and Lisa! Didn't you both have really bad winters last year?
I guess I will plant this in a more sunny spot then, and somewhat more sheltered
My sympathies on loosing the plants.
On Wed, 2 Jun 2004 09:29:00 -0400, "Christopher Fuhrman"
I guess there are two lavenders, (English and French??) one is hardier
than the other. I've never bought it because I heard it was only
marginally hardy even in my area.. zone 6. But with the way the
climate seems to be changing we might be upgraded to zone 7!
There are many different types of lavenders but the English (Lavandula
angustifolia) and the x intermedia hybrids tend to be the hardiest, usually
reliably hardy to zone 5. Goodwin Creek Gardens lists 'Goodwin Creek Gray'
only hardy to zone 7.
Lavender orginates from Mediterranean climates and growing conditions which
duplicate this rather specialized climate situation will offer the best luck
for long term viability (mild winters and warm, dry summers with low
All types of lavender will do best in FULL sun with lean, well draining
soil. Avoid fertilizing and too much water. In colder climates, you could
try growing lavender in containers - move to a protected area in winter
(above freezing) with bright light and keep pretty dry - only enough water
to keep the plant alive.
pam - gardengal
According to my gardener, this past winter killed off a lot of lavender.
I'm in zone 5 and my lavenders didn't have any problems in previous
years. This year, a lot of foliage died but the plant survived. The
problem was a combination of bitter cold and lack of snow (which
I had the same experience. My lavender is about 7 years old and got quite
large. This winter a significant amount of the pants died back. They are
about the bloom, but are only about a third the size they had been. I have
Lavandula angustifolia (Munstead Lavender). Zone 6, SW Ohio
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Here in Chicago, Mayor "Boondoggle Flower Pot" Daley had lavenders
planted in many areas in the middle of north Ashland avenue. This is
their third year and they are huge, now in full bloom, and look extremely
healthy. I don't know what they did to keep them all alive over the past
winter but I'm sure they didn't spare any expense.
Lavender likes full sun, and lots of it to grow well. Mine grow to a
3.5 foot dome, but I cut it back to 1 foot every year, and flowers are
just starting to open (the bubble bees are having a party). Here in
zone 7, it stays green all year. I've had some complements from the
neighbors about the lavender. Looks and smells great. There are
several varieties, and you may want to find which ones will grow best
for your particular zone or grow it in a pot you can take inside
during the winter.
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