Lady Lavender Plant – Detailed Guide

Lavender shrubs have become very popular and are seen in many gardens throughout the US.  Lady Lavender Plant is one variety that has been named the All-American Selections winner (AAS Winner). This article provides more detail on this award-winning Lavender variety.

The Lavandula Angustifolia ‘Lavender Lady’ is a dwarf English Lavender flowering shrub.  It grows in moderately dry and warm climates and flourishes in the warmth of the sun.  These beautiful lavender-colored and fragrant flowering shrubs are suited to gardens and outdoor containers.

Lavender originates from the mountain areas of the countries bordering the western European part of the Mediterranean.  The Lady Lavender plant with its masses of beautiful spikes is a favored shrub for planting around border edges and in outdoor potted plants.   Read on for how to take care and nurture this eye-catching plant to reach its full blooming potential!

Characteristics Of The Lady Lavender Plant

The Lady Lavender plant is a low-growing dense multi-stemmed shrub with a mounded form.  The foliage is evergreen with greyish/green leaves, and the flowers are lavender spikes topped with clusters of soft, fluffy, and fragrant flowers.  These delicately sweet smelling flowers can be freshly cut or dried.

Size And Growth Rate

This Lavender variety grows to a height of 16 inches, with the bushy foliage measuring up to 12 inches in diameter.  The plant is easy to grow from seed and will flower within 90 days after sowing.  Although it produces flowers within its first year, it grows slowly and can live up to 10 years.

You can plant this beautifully scented evergreen shrub in containers or the garden as low hedges or border edgings.  It will also thrive in herb or rock gardens, giving you a lovely show of lavender color.

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How To Care For Your Lady Lavender Plant

Lady Lavender Plants are easy to care for whether you plant them in the garden or outdoors in containers; follow the guidelines below:

Temperature And Humidity

Warm and moderately dry climates, mild winters, and sunny summers are the preference of this plant. It needs at least 5 – 8 hours of daily sun exposure and temperatures of 68° – 86° F during spring to early summer. 

During the winter, when the temperatures are much lower, the plant will go into a state of dormancy.  If potted plants are brought indoors during this season, keep them away from drafty areas and heaters that will dry them out.

Best Soil

The Lavender Lady Plant prefers very well-drained, alkaline soil with dry to average moisture levels.  It is drought-tolerant, so it is perfect for low-water gardens. 

Watering Requirements

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This shrub is fairly drought resistant and only requires moderate amounts of water.  Watering the plant every week is sufficient for young plants but reduce this amount as the summer continues. 

Be careful not to overwater the plant as soggy soil can lead to root rot.  If the plant is under-watered, the plant will look droopy, and the leaves will turn yellow.  Note that Lavender planted in containers will likely need more water than those grown in the garden.

Lighting Preference

The Lavender Lady plants thrive in full sun or an area where they will receive at least six or more hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight per day.  If plants are brought indoors during winter, these plants still need a lot of sunlight.  Use a grow light to add natural light if required.

Fertilizing

Very little fertilizer is required, and the best time to fertilize would be during spring at the start of the growing season.  Adding an inch of good compost around the plant will provide enough nutrients till next spring-time.  Be mindful not to over-fertilize, which could cause the plant to grow excess foliage, stunting the production of flowers.

Some More Care Tips

Here are some tips to keep your Lavender Lady plant growing strong and healthy:

Pruning Guide

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Lavender plants need to be pruned at least twice a year.   When there are no more blooms, prune the plant with sharp pruning shears to prepare the plant for the next flower buds.

Potting And Re-potting

Add some fragrant color to your potted plant collection by planting a Lavender Lady plant.  It grows very well in pots because it does not have an extensive spreading root system and does not require much watering.

The ideal soil mix for planting in containers is 30% coarse sand or gravel to 70% organic compost or potting soil.  Add a tablespoon of garden lime to raise the pH so that it is slightly alkaline.  If you are planting seedlings, make a small hole (1 inch deep) and place them 8 inches apart so that they can grow tightly together to form beautiful clusters.

Repot the plants yearly in early spring.  Add fresh potting soil to a slightly larger pot, or you can re-use the same pot.  Blend fertilizer into the top 3 inches of the soil.

Soil

Propagation

Lavender Lady plants’  are easy to propagate by using the following two methods:

  • Stem cuttings – select a 3 to 4-inch long stem without buds from a mature plant and cut this off with a sharp garden scissor or knife.  Snip the bottom leaves from the cutting.   Using a knife, gently scrape away some of the skin on the bottom of the cutting.  This scraping will encourage the cutting to put out roots.

You can apply rooting hormones to the ends of the cutting and then place this cutting in the soil to develop roots.  Ensure the section without leaves is fully embedded and that the cutting is standing straight up.  Check on root growth regularly by gently pulling on the cutting and feeling for any resistance. 

  • Rooting in water – place the cutting into a vase or container of room temperature water.  Fill the vase to half or three-quarters full, making sure that the leaves are not touching the water as wet leaves will rot.  Replenish the water when necessary.  The cutting will put out roots much quicker than those planted in soil but instead wait until the roots are solid and thick before planting into soil.

Diseases And Pests

Although Lavender is not prone to having too many diseases, there are a few concerns to take note of:

  • Root Rot – wilting, yellow and dying leaves, and discolored root tissue are signs of the plant having root rot.  To prevent this, ensure that the plant is not over-watered and that the roots are not covered with soggy soil.  Plant the lavender in areas with good drainage and plenty of sun.
  • Shab Fungus – this disease causes the flowers to turn brown, and tiny black spores can be found on the plant’s stems.  The fungus usually enters through pruning wounds or other tears in the bark, causing parts of the lavender bush to start to die.  You can do nothing but cut away the infected area or dispose of the plant.
  • Fusarium Fungus- this fungus lives in the soil and is most active in hot, humid conditions.  The infected plants have drooping yellow leaves, and the stem begins to split.  The leaves will turn brown, and the pink or white masses of fungal spores are found at the base of the plant.  To get rid of this fungal disease, replace the infected soil and disinfect containers and tools.
  • Vascular Wilt – Lavender plants are mostly affected by this disease caused by different fungi that attack the water-conducting (vascular) system.  The plant will cut off its water supply to the leaves, and they will wilt and turn brown, and the plant does not survive.

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Lavender Lady Plants are vulnerable to the following pests:

  • Spittle Bugs – these bugs secrete a foamy spittle-like substance on the plant, which can cause affected stems to die.  Remove the bugs and the spittle by washing off with a strong spray of water.
  • Whiteflies – the insects feed on the plant sap and cause damage if several whiteflies are feasting on Lavender.  These insects are small and powdery and are found on the undersides of the leaves.  If whiteflies are too many, the leaves may become yellowed and mottled.  The honeydew left by whiteflies also causes sooty mold.

To rid the plant of these bugs, remove them by spraying the plant with strong streams of water. Aluminum foil or reflective mulches can be attached to the base of the plant in an attempt to repel these insects. 

  • Aphids – these bugs are not harmful to the lavender, but they spread the alfalfa mosaic virus, a common disease of lavender.  This virus does not harm the plant, but it does cause bright yellow patches on leaves and shoots.  Infected plants should be removed and burned to prevent the disease from spreading.

To prevent this virus in the lavender, use horticultural oils to reduce the aphid population.  You can place a reflective mulch to repel the aphids at the base of the plant.

Conclusion on Lady Lavender Plant

The Lavender Lady Plant is easy to grow, and if well cared for, will grace your garden or potted areas with beautifully fragrant and lavender-colored flowers.

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