LAVENDER Lavender augustifolia
This popular perennial is ideal for rack gardens, at the front of the perennial garden, or for formal edging! The fragrant lavender flowers bloom over a long period, and can also be used in dried arrangements.
Type: Hardy perennial
Height: 25-30 cm
Hardiness zones: 4-10
Bloom time: Beginning in early summer, and blooming throughout the summer
Seeds per pack: 20
Germination: As with many perennials, these benefit from a period of moist cold to help them break dormancy. This is done by giving them a cool 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:
Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds just under the surface of your growing medium, and water. Place your container in a cool area (but not freezing) for 4-5 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the container at room temperature for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period. Seedlings will sprout a few weeks, or occasionally several months, after the warming period.