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Lavender makes a beautiful addition to your garden and it is also beneficial for insects such as butterflies and bees. Not only does it look great, it smells amazing too! The good news is that these plants are easy to grow and they love sunshine. So, if you want to enhance the design of your garden, you can find lavender plants for sale on Junk Mail.

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Different types of lavender plants

Although there are many different types of lavender plants, here are a few common ones found in South Africa:

- French Lavender (Lavandula Dentata)

This type of lavender prefers partial shade to full sun, needs well-drained soil conditions, and usually flowers in January, February, October, November, and December. This lavender bears blue-mauve (pale violet) flowers during summer time.

- Spanish Lavender (Lavandula Stoechas)

The flowers on this lavender is a bright purple with aromatic grey-green leaves. This type should be planted in well-drained soil and requires light pruning and a general fertiliser during spring.

- Dutch Lavender (Lavandula Allardii)

This is a great lavender to use for a hedge and they have silvery-grey or green leaves.

- Lavandula Pinnata

This lavender is highly scented and bears violet-blue flowers throughout the year. It has silver-green leaves and requires well-drained soil.

- Lavandula Intermedia

This is a very fragrant lavender with tall flower spikes. The colours of the flowers range from light to dark purple with silvery-green leaves.

- Lavandula Angustifolia

This lavender has a strong scent with pinkish-purple flowers and can survive with low water consumption.

What are the benefits of growing lavender?

  • They are easy to grow and can withstand various weather conditions
  • Doesn’t require a lot of care
  • Many varieties to choose from
  • Great scent and beautiful flowers
  • Helps to repel mosquitoes, flies, fleas, and moths
  • Attracts pollinators
  • Suitable for an array of medicinal uses
  • Can be used for home décor
  • Has a wide range of culinary purposes

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Uses for lavender

Lavender adds a splash of colour to brighten up your garden and its stunning fragrance adds to its appeal. You can also use this eye-catching flower to make potpourri for your home! You can use lavender as flavouring when you’re cooking and it also makes an attractive garnish. The benefits don’t stop. Lavender can also be used as a medicinal plant and we suggest doing proper research, and possible consulting a physician, before using it in this capacity. Another use for lavender is as a cleaning agent. Lavender can be used to repel pesky bugs like mosquitoes you don’t want in your space.

Growing and caring for your lavender plant

Growing lavender is simpler than you might think. You can plant them in your garden or even in pots, which enables you to move them around. To succeed in cultivating this attractive plant, you’ll need to ensure that you place it in well-drained soil and full sun. You’ll need to consider the aesthetics of your garden as well as the soil and sun conditions when you’re deciding which location to position these plants in.

When planting them in your garden, make sure that you leave enough space between the plants or the lavender and other plants in your garden, as they can get quite big, depending on the type of lavender plant. If you decide to rather plant them in pots, ensure that you make use of a potting soil mix that drains well.

Make sure that you provide your lavender plant with plenty of water right after you’ve planted it. Once the plants are well established, you can reduce your watering schedule to once weekly during the warmer months. If you’ve planted lavender in a pot, you’ll need to water it every second day. To ensure that your lavender thrives, add compost during spring. Don’t forget to prune your lavender by removing one-third of the top in spring.

Save the bees

Another great thing about lavender is that it attracts pollinators like bees. Bees play a vital role in our ecosystem since they help plants grow. Most plants we need for food rely on pollination, especially by bees. The colour and scent of the lavender will help to attract bees to your garden. Not only will you have more bees in your garden if you plant lavender, but you’ll also attract butterflies and other advantageous insects.

Bonus tip

Bees need nectar, pollen, and freshwater to thrive. You can help these hard-working creatures out by placing a shallow source of water near your lavender. It’s also important to avoid using pesticides in your garden as chemicals are harmful to bees.

Beautify your garden by finding lavender plants for sale on Junk Mail. We’ve got you covered for all your gardening needs. Not only will your garden look great, but you’ll also be doing your bit to save our bees.

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