Lavender - hardy species for the garden

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In the warm months in your own garden, to prolong the holiday with a seductive scent, that's when lavender was cultivated. But beware, because not all, the many types of lavender is hardy and can survive in the local latitudes a winter unscathed in the garden. But some varieties of the popular herb plant can also move in the garden for several years and give the garden owner a lot of pleasure during the summer months. Here the hardy varieties and tips for wintering are presented.
Lavender is originally native to the Mediterranean countries and who does not know the fragrant, blue-flowering fields of Provence in France and Tuscany in Italy. Therefore, the plants are used to sun and heat, minus temperatures in the winter but rather nicht.Doch some of the about 25 - registered 30 lavender varieties can survive with a few tips for hibernation even harder winters in the local latitudes in the garden bed. Hereby, the following instructions must be observed, because even if they are hardy varieties, they must nevertheless be well protected against frosty days and nights:
  • Lavender, which remains in the garden bed over the winter, already plant in spring
  • already well grown plants survive a harder winter better
  • In winter, when a ground is frozen, a lavender can dry up faster, in addition to the sun shining
  • An adequate sunscreen helps against this
  • suitable for this are branches of twigs, leaves or a mat of straw spread over the ground around the lavender
  • do not cut the lavender before winter
  • otherwise the interfaces will dry out, frostbite and frost damage could also threaten
  • Last cut therefore better to make in the summer after flowering
  • It is better to additionally cover the lavender plant with plant fleece during heavy frost
Tip: All lavender varieties are well over the winter, if they were cultivated in the tub. In this way, they can easily be spent in a protective winter quarters.
Hardy varieties

Real lavender

Real lavender - Landalula angustifolia

The real lavender, also known as the "little Speik", originally grows wild in the Mediterranean countries, especially in Italy, France and Greece. The fact that it prefers high altitudes with dry, barren and calcareous soils, it is very robust and belongs to the lavender varieties that can defy even a local winter well. Real lavender is popular because of its oil, but is increasingly replaced by breeding and crossbreeding of other lavender varieties when grown on the well-known fields in Italy and France. But for the native gardens he is perfect because of his winter hardiness. The real lavender is characterized by the following features:
  • perennial plant
  • gets high between 30 and 50 cm
  • isolated plants also up to 80 cm high
  • dark purple flowers to almost black, like an amethyst
  • Flowers form on long panicles
  • intense sweet and very complex scent
  • green leaves with blue shimmer
  • Four-edged leaves
  • strong seed formation
  • often sows itself too
  • sunny location preferred
  • should not dry out, but avoid waterlogging
Tip: The true lavender is particularly suitable for those gardens that lie in a very frosty and cold winter region. Nevertheless, the tips for hibernation in the garden bed should be heeded.
From the real lavender various varieties have emerged, which can also remain in the local gardens in the winter in the garden bed with protection. These include:
Blue scent
  • a low and compact breed
  • dark blue flowers
  • Growth height 25 - 40 cm
Dwarf Blue
  • is often used dried for decoration purposes
  • dark purple flowers
  • Growth height about 30 cm
The English beauty Hidcote Blue
  • bred in England
  • pretty tough
  • dark purple flowers
  • Growth height about 50 cm
Provence-Lavender - Lavandin
The Provence lavender is a cross between the real lavender and the Speiklavendel. He prefers the low altitudes. Because it is a hybrid, it is unable to multiply itself. So if you want to grow the Provence Lavender in your garden, you have to help him and set cuttings. It is only partially hardy, which means that it must be protected in the garden bed over the winter. But this usually works well and so every hobby gardener has long enjoyed his Lavandin, which is characterized by the following features:
  • very bushy
  • subshrub
  • can reach a height of up to one meter
  • blooms in the period from July to August
  • often smells of camphor
  • blooms in a very intense blue
Tip: Provence lavender is a cultivar grown mainly on the large fields of Provence.
Schopflavendel - Lavendula Stoechas


Tip: If you want to set accents in your garden bed with the different types of lavender, you also mix several white-flowering plants under the blue and purple lavender bushes. Since all of the varieties presented here are more or less hardy, the whole garden bed can be made suitable for winter as a whole. The hobby gardener then expects next summer a new flower splendor and a pleasant scent.
Not all of the approximately 25 to 30 types of lavender are suitable for cultivation in the garden bed. If you still want this, you have to fall back on the winter hardy and conditionally hardy varieties presented here. In areas with a mild winter climate, these varieties need not be further protected, when the winters are hard and very frosty, even the hardy varieties need adequate protection. But this is quickly given and the lavender can bring so many years in their own garden bed much joy, smell and a feeling of beach, sea and vacation.

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