Growing Lavender in the South
Help for Southern Lavender Gardeners
For those of you in the southern parts of the United States growing Lavender can be a bit tricky with the extreme heat and humidity. The helpful tips below will help you too to grow Lavender.
Lavender grown in the south will appreciate a location that has more filtered sun in the afternoon hours. Lavender planted in the southern regions still requires a healthy amount of sunlight for the better part of the day. Most gardeners from this region report a success with Provence Lavender a lavandin or hybrid. You may also wish to try Grappenhall and Grosso which are also lavandins.
Other Lavender plants to try is that of:
Lavandula Ginginsii Goodwin Creek Grey Lavender. A wonderful large growing ornamental hybrid Lavender with silver grey foliage and dark vibrant blooms. Seems to tolerate higher humidity levels well.
Lavandula Allardii is another hybrid. A fast growing large ornamental Lavender with soft silver foliage that has proven itself as a hearty grower against the heat and humidity of Australia.
Southern gardeners will have success growing Lavender when choosing varieties that are more tolerant of moisture and humidity but are still cold hardy. Spanish and French Lavenders also seem to tolerate the southern climate as well.
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You need to be sure to replicate the preferred growing conditions to assure success especially when it comes to air circulation around the plant and that lovely southern humidity. Growing Lavender in containers is another means by which to grow in the south. This allows for complete control of the soil mixture and you can easily move the container changing the location of the Lavender to see what suits the best.
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