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June 02, 2011

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Sprout

I got mine in an adorable (if not a bit expensive) little garden shop as a tiny 2" start. My, how it has grown! I planted it on a slope with good drainage and full sun just as with all lavender in this area. This is it's second full season and even though it didn't get much attention last year, it is huge.
I have had very good luck pruning back lavenders that have gotten woody/floppy/overgrown and I don't think this type needs any unusual or special treatment. I use the rule of pruning 1/3 of the plant just after flowering or by fall. When they are extremely woody/floppy/overgrown I prune them back 2X the first year: once just after it is finished flowering and again in the fall (well before danger of frost). I also take that time to carefully remove any damaged or unwanted branches. This helps shape the plant and directs it's growth to the areas I want filled out. It will look a little (or a lot) bare but will fill out nicely and bloom again in the spring. I have "saved" many overgrown rosemary, sage and lavender bushes this way.
Now, if only my neighbor hadn't sprayed next to mine with weed killer... we shall see just how hardy they really are. One persons treasure is another person's weed I guess ;)

Karyn

I have one that has been planted in my garden for about 3 years. Unfortunately, I knew nothing about pruning lavendar and so I have just let it go all this time. It's getting woody and flopped over a bit and I'm trying to figure out if it's too late to apply some pruning magic to bring it back to a good shape. Any advice would be appreciated!

kim

At this link, you can input your zipcode and it will list nurserys nearby which have received shipments of the cultivar. I found one in my town, and picked up a Lemon Leigh for myself and my best gardening friend! Good Luck!
http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/956/lemon-leigh-spanish-lavender.php

Kimberly

I love these! Have you seen any online garden shops selling them?

KD

Love it! Anyone seen this in any of the local Seattle nurseries?

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