Plant in garden or outdoor container in the spring, when all danger of frost has passed. Lavenders prefer a spot in full sun where there is loamy, well-drained soil. It doesn’t like to be wet, so raised beds or containers with adequate drainage holes work best. Space plants 8-20” apart. Thoroughly water in and apply a 2” layer of mulch on top of the soil to help conserve water and reduce weeds.
Once established, lavender is drought tolerant. Grows well in containers or mixed plantings. Plant height 24-36”. Attracts bees and butterflies. Resists deer and rabbits. Leaves repel mosquitoes.
Lavender, Goodwin Creek lavandula heterophylla ‘Goodwin Creek’
Goodwin Creek, a hybrid variety of French lavender, is one of the most ornamental cultivars that gracefully showcases the many attributes of this herb. It has dense silvery foliage and darker blooms than most. Goodwin Creek Lavender can grow to be one of the larger varieties, but it does well with pruning and makes a good plant for pots, especially in combination with other herbs. It is a good choice for use in potpourri, sachets, and perfumes.
Well-dried flowers will retain their scent for a long time if dried and stored properly. If you harvest leaves and/or flowers just before the flowers are open fully the color will be more vivid when dried. Cutting the blooming stems will encourage more growth and the plants may bloom up to three times during a summer given the right conditions.
Cut the stems in the morning after the dew has evaporated and the humidity is low. The oil content in the blossoms is the most potent at this stage. Hang in bunches in a dry, airy location – or use drying racks or screens when the temperature is high (90 degrees or above is ideal). When completely dry, strip flower heads off stems to use in sachets or potpourri. Store in an air-tight container. To use in flower arrangements leave stems intact. When stems are still pliable they may be woven together to make wreaths, lavender wands, or lavender rope.