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The Ultimate Guide to Planting Lavender in Ontario: Step-by-Step Instructions

Updated: May 30, 2023



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At Hereward Farms, we have three varieties of Lavender: Phenomenal lavender, a French Hybrid (Lavandula intermedia), Hidcote Lavender (English Lavender) (Lavandula angustifolia) and Munstead Lavender (English Lavender) (Lavandula angustifolia)


Lavender is a popular herb known for its fragrant flowers and versatile uses in cooking, aromatherapy, and crafting. Here are some general planting instructions for growing lavender:

  1. Choose a sunny location: Lavender prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Select a spot in your garden with at least six hours of direct sunlight daily.

  2. Prepare the soil: Lavender needs soil with good drainage, so if your soil is heavy or clay-like, amend it with compost or sand. Dig in the soil to a depth of 12-15 inches, and mix in your chosen amendment.

  3. Plant the lavender: Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball of the lavender plant. Place the plant in the hole and backfill it with soil. Gently tamp down the soil around the plant to remove any air pockets.

  4. Water the lavender: After planting, give the lavender a thorough watering. Continue to water the plant regularly, especially during dry spells.

  5. Mulch the lavender: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the lavender to help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Use light-coloured mulch, such as gravel or crushed stone, to reflect sunlight and keep the plant cool.

  6. Prune the lavender: Lavender benefits from regular pruning to encourage bushy growth and prevent legginess. Prune the plant in the Spring, after the new growth, and again in the fall, after the flowering has finished.

Following these planting instructions, you can grow healthy and fragrant lavender plants in your garden.


Planting Lavender in Ontario


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Phenomenal Lavender


Phenomenal lavender (Lavandula intermedia "Phenomenal") is a popular variety known for its exceptional performance and hardiness. Here are some of its characteristics:

  1. Appearance: Phenomenal lavender has silvery-green foliage and long, slender stems topped with spikes of fragrant, purple-blue flowers. It is a relatively tall and bushy plant, growing up to 2-3 feet (60-90 cm) in height and width.

  2. Fragrance: Like other varieties of lavender, Phenomenal has a sweet, floral fragrance that is widely used in aromatherapy and perfumery.

  3. Hardiness: Phenomenal lavender is known for its exceptional hardiness, withstanding both extreme heat and cold. It is drought-tolerant and resistant to diseases and pests, making it a low-maintenance plant.

  4. Bloom time: Phenomenal lavender blooms from mid to late summer, with its flowers lasting for several weeks.

  5. Uses: Phenomenal lavender is a versatile plant commonly used in garden beds, borders, and containers for ornamental purposes. Its flowers are also harvested for use in potpourri, sachets, and other crafts.

Overall, Phenomenal Lavender is a popular choice for gardeners looking for a hardy, low-maintenance plant with fragrant flowers and attractive foliage.

When planting Phenomenal Lavender (Lavandula intermedia "Phenomenal"), it's best to space each plant about 2 to 3 feet (60-90 cm) apart. This will give the plants enough space to grow and spread out, allowing for good air circulation. Lavender plants can also grow up to 2 to 3 feet in height and width, so spacing them properly is important to avoid overcrowding and encourage healthy growth. If you're planting multiple rows of Phenomenal Lavender, you can space the rows about 3 to 4 feet (90-120 cm) apart. These distances will vary slightly depending on the variety of lavender, so it's always a good idea to check the specific planting instructions for the variety you have.


Hidcote Lavender


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Hidcote lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote') is a compact and bushy variety of lavender known for its rich purple-blue flowers and fragrant scent. Here are some of its characteristics:

  1. Appearance: Hidcote lavender has narrow, gray-green foliage and short stems that produce dense spikes of small, dark purple-blue flowers. It typically grows to a height of 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) and a width of 18-24 inches (45-60 cm).

  2. Fragrance: Hidcote lavender has a sweet, floral fragrance that is widely used in perfumery, aromatherapy, and cooking.

  3. Hardiness: Hidcote lavender is a hardy and low-maintenance plant tolerating drought, heat, and cold temperatures. It is also resistant to common pests and diseases.

  4. Bloom time: Hidcote lavender blooms from mid to late summer, with its flowers lasting for several weeks.

  5. Uses: Hidcote lavender is commonly used in garden beds, borders, and containers for ornamental purposes. Its flowers are also harvested for use in potpourri, sachets, and other crafts. Additionally, its fragrant foliage and flowers make it a popular choice for culinary use, adding flavour to baked goods, teas, and other dishes.

Overall, Hidcote lavender is a popular choice for gardeners looking for a compact, low-maintenance plant with fragrant flowers and attractive foliage.


When planting Hidcote Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'), it's best to space each plant about 1 to 2 feet (30-60 cm) apart. This will give the plants enough space to grow and spread out, allowing for good air circulation. Hidcote lavender plants typically grow up to 1 to 2 feet in height and width, so spacing them properly is important to avoid overcrowding and encourage healthy growth. If you're planting multiple rows of Hidcote lavender, you can space the rows about 2 to 3 feet (60-90 cm) apart. These distances may vary slightly depending on the growing conditions, so it's always a good idea to check the specific planting instructions for your variety.


Munstead Lavender

Hereward Farms Lavender

Munstead lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead') is a popular variety of lavender that is known for its compact size and fragrant flowers. Here are some of its characteristics:

  1. Appearance: Munstead lavender has narrow, gray-green foliage and short stems that produce dense spikes of small, fragrant, lavender-blue flowers. It typically grows to a height of 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) and a width of 18-24 inches (45-60 cm).

  2. Fragrance: Munstead lavender has a sweet, floral fragrance that is widely used in perfumery, aromatherapy, and cooking.

  3. Hardiness: Munstead lavender is a hardy and low-maintenance plant that tolerates drought, heat, and cold temperatures. It is also resistant to common pests and diseases.

  4. Bloom time: Munstead lavender blooms from mid-to-late summer, with its flowers lasting for several weeks.

  5. Uses: Munstead lavender is commonly used in garden beds, borders, and containers for ornamental purposes. Its flowers are also harvested for use in potpourri, sachets, and other crafts. Additionally, its fragrant foliage and flowers make it a popular choice for culinary use, adding flavour to baked goods, teas, and other dishes.

Munstead lavender is a popular choice for gardeners looking for a compact, low-maintenance plant with fragrant flowers and attractive foliage.


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