My lavender should stay compact

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For many weeks my lavender in the pot has now given off its strong aroma on the terrace and the flowers have been visited by countless bumblebees. I got the variety 'Hidcote Blue' (Lavandula angustifolia) with its dark blue-purple flowers and gray-green leaves just a few years ago.

So that the lavender continues to flower regularly and keeps its compact shape, I also regularly put on the scissors. Now, shortly after the summer bloom, I use a small hedge trimmer to remove all shoots by about a third. I cut about two to three centimeters of the leafy branch sections away, otherwise the branches of the subshrubs are largely preserved.

Cut lavender

Finely cut lavender

Do the pruning with a small hand hedge trimmer (left). But you can also take a normal pruning shears. The leftovers (right) I dry for Duftpotpourris. Tip: Stick flowerless shoot tips as cuttings in pots with soil

When cutting, I make sure that the trimmed lavender then has a nice roundish shape. I quickly poke out a few dried-up leaves and put the aromatic plant back on its sunny spot on the terrace.

Ms. Ed. Beate Leufen-Bohlsen

Ms. Ed. Beate Leufen-Bohlsen

Next spring, when no more frosts are expected, I'll cut back the lavender again. But then stronger - that is, I shorten the shoots then by about two-thirds. For a good re-emergence of the fragrant semi-shrub, a short, leafy section of last year's shoots should stop. A two-time cut per year prevents the semi-shrub from getting frosted from below. Lumbered branches drive out after a pruning namely only reluctantly.

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