Assorted Lavender

Lavender have it all - fragrance, foliage and flowers!

Versatile lavender are fantastic in a variety of garden settings, making a stunning addition to borders and perennial gardens, looking (and smelling) fabulous in pots on patio or deck. With its upright flower spikes and compact shrub-like form, lavender is also ideal for creating informal hedges.

The two main lavender types grown in New Zealand are English and Italian. English is best for hedging, Italian for garden borders and landscaping, and either grow well in pots. Trents Nursery provide quality plants in both varieties to garden centres nationwide.

Lavenders lovely fragrance is used in aromatherapy to reduce stress. The dense, mounding foliage comes in many shades from shimmery silver to rich green. Flowers are popular to pick for the vase, used as a dried flower and in potpourri. 

Planting and Maintenance

Lavender are relatively easy to grow – liking full sun with good drainage. They are hardy (except for winters in New Zealand’s harshest climates) and benefit from being fed in spring.

The best times to plant are early morning or late in the day. 
Water plants thoroughly before planting and allow to drain.
Dig a hole, approximately twice the depth and width of the root ball of your plant.
Gently loosen the root ball of your plant and position in the centre of the hole. 
Press soil gently around the base of the plant.
Water well and continue to water regularly.


Pruning is key to maintaining good-looking lavender.  Trim to prevent lavender from becoming “woody” after flowering. They will likely have a second flush and re-flower in late summer, so wait until after then. Remove spent flowers and trim back the foliage by about one third.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TODD CLARKE - North Island Sales Rep and enthusiastic Bee Keeper

Todd started beekeeping in 2006 when living in England. 

He was inspired by a television program on beekeeping in the middle of London and promptly joined a local bee club. The large manor house, where Todd was working as a butler, had plenty of space with trees, shrubs and perennial gardens. They were delighted for Todd to establish a hive on the grounds. Members of the beekeeping club set him up and he’s been hooked ever since!

 

On return to New Zealand Todd moved to the Wairarapa and was straight back into beekeeping. He now has around 20 hives with which he makes up hives for club members, breeds queen bees, helps out a friend with the pollination of crops and gets a bit if honey. Todd enthuses “The honey that your bees will produce, I can tell you right now is the best honey you have ever tasted!” He recommends joining a club as a great way to start beekeeping saying “There is so much help and passion and so many interesting things to learn. Beekeepers are very generous people.”

 

Todd has worked as the North Island Sales Representative for Trents Nursery for over 12 years. He brings his enthusiasm and knowledge about the natural world to his work, saying the growing of perennial plants is of great benefit for bees, butterflies and other helpful insects. He is delighted with growing public awareness and that garden centres are increasingly asked which plants are bee friendly by their customers.

 

Here are some further tips:

Grow plants in blocks or swathes to maximise their useful impact for bees.

Include flowers within your fruit and vegetable plot.

Allow some corners of your garden to go a little wild to provide valuable habitat for bees.