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linda15-Nov-05 08:22 AM EST 3a   
Patricia15-Nov-05 12:54 PM EST 5a   
Patricia 15-Nov-05 12:56 PM EST 5a   
linda20-Nov-05 02:00 AM EST 3a   
Lusi14-Dec-05 09:51 AM EST 6a   
30-Mar-06 10:43 PM EST 5b   

Subject: lavender
From: linda
Zone: 3a
Date: 15-Nov-05 08:22 AM EST

I am interested in growing this plant on our island. The soil has quite a bit of clay in it(something we are working on) is this plant a perenial and is it quite hardy for our area??? Help!

Subject: RE: lavender
From: Patricia (
Zone: 5a
Date: 15-Nov-05 12:54 PM EST

Linda - just yesterday I received the latest issue of Harrowsmith. There is an article on growing different lavenders from seed. The author is growing in Quebec's Eastern townships, a 4B area. She says that the very best performance was from "Munstead Apex". She bought the seeds from William Dam - $1.95 for 100 seeds. She says that plain "Munstead" and also "Hidcote" are hardy to Zone 4 and perform pretty good too. I recommend you pick up a copy of the December 2005 Harrowsmith - she describes in careful detail how she went about growing the lavender. Good luck!

Subject: RE: lavender
From: Patricia (
Zone: 5a
Date: 15-Nov-05 12:56 PM EST

Another thing: she says that lavender likes it dry - she says what lavender hates most of all is waterlogged soil. So this may be a challenge for you with your clay. Maybe add lots of sand and even some tiny gravel.

Subject: RE: lavender
From: linda
Zone: 3a
Date: 20-Nov-05 02:00 AM EST

Patricia, thanks so much for the prompt response, I will take a look at that article.

Subject: RE: lavender
From: Lusi
Zone: 6a
Date: 14-Dec-05 09:51 AM EST

Some varieties of lavender are hardy in your area, but I'd advise against starting from seeds - the have a very high failure rate - you'll be happier with plants. To fix you soil add well composted organic matter. We have clay soil in northern NJ and when sand has been added well - imagine rolling playdough in salt. Organic matter will open the structure of your soil and give lavender the drainage it likes. Your second option is raised beds with new sandy loam brought in which lavenders love (as do a lot of your common herbs). Good luck

Subject: RE: lavender
From: (
Zone: 5b
Date: 30-Mar-06 10:43 PM EST

iam new to gardening and would like some advice as to what to couple with lavender for a petit garden at the front of my house..... i have simple taste and have just moved into our first house!!!!help please

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