Three good reasons to plant lavender
Why it's a perennial favorite
This morning, I repotted a few lavender plants just outside my front door that had outgrown their slim starter containers. I’ve had the perennials since midwinter sometime, and for a gal who’s been known to neglect a plant or two over the years, sweet lavender just might be the answer to my horticultural prayers. Sure, the herb is drought- and heat-hardy, relatively disease-resistant, and satisfies my affinity for English garden romance, but there’s SO much more:
Small Effort = Rich Reward
I don’t like plants that make you work hard and wait for a mere handful of thin blossoms. I score two- or three-dozen inflorescences at a time with lavender plants, with bare minimal effort.
Survival of the Fittest
Forget stop and smell the roses. Lavender’s strong fragrance catches up with me when I’m running in and out of the house at breakneck speed, serving as a gentle reminder to slow down, relax, and take a minute to water and care for him. Smart cookie.
Spare Me the Drama Queens
Speaking of fair warning, I don’t want any plant who goes from thriving and vibrant to keeled-over dead in a matter of 48 hours. I’ve actually get angry at plants that give up on me so quickly. Lavender plays plenty nicer. When I repotted mine this morning, they were showing signs of fatigue—appearing a little dry and dull—but nothing close to surrender. I appreciate the patience; I can do without the histrionics.
Homegrown Note: I just heard about a new Charleston-born natural biofertilizer. Surya (www.suryagrow.com) is brand new and billing themselves as a safe, organic alternative to traditional plant foods (no threat to people or pets). I've only tried it once, so stay tuned and I'll let you know what my plants think. And I hear the products will soon be available at retail garden outlets all over the country (and certainly in our backyard).