How to Plant Lavender Provence

Lavender “Provence” ( Lavandula x intermedia) is an intermixed lavender that has an intense, sweet scent and lots of flowers. It is cold-hardy (tolerates the cold and frost) up to USDA zones 5-10.

To grow and plant lavender “Provence” successfully it is essential to mimic some of the characteristics of soil and watering of its original Mediterranean habitat.

Continue reading to find out the right soil mix, watering and the best way to plant lavender “Provence” to ensure it has an intense scent and lasts and blooms for many years…

Choose a Suitable Planting Area

Lavender “Provence” is an adaptable lavender variety that thrives in a variety of climates, effortlessly surviving frost and snow during the winter with proper preparation. It is essential to replicate some of the traits of its original Mediterranean homeland when selecting the best area to plant.

The Lavender “Provence” has several conditions for planting in the right space, which are:

  • Pick a spot that has the full sun (or at minimum 6 hours)
  • Well-draining soil
  • A few airflows or a breeze

Lavender has the most pleasant scent flowers the best and will last for a long time in full sunshine therefore, choose a sun-filled spot, whether you’re growing it in pots or garden boarders. “Provence” will not last longer or have the same scent in shaded areas of the garden.

The soil should also be able to drain quickly. The plants thrive in dry conditions therefore avoid boggy and slow-draining parts in the garden.

lavender in bottles

If you’ve got clay soil in your garden, I would suggest planting all lavender in containers, pots or raised beds since they provide better drainage than some garden soils. It is also possible to amend the soil using grit and sand is much more straightforward when you plant in pots, rather than digging into clay with garden boards.

A little airflow can also help in preventing fungal diseases. Lavender is native to coastal regions of Europe’s South of Europe, therefore it is capable of surviving windy conditions. The hedges of lavender are often useful windbreaks for delicate plants as well as in veggie gardens.

When to to Plant ‘Provence’ Lavender

The ideal season to start planting Lavender “Provence” is in the autumn, but the summer and spring are ideal time to plant.

Planting in spring or fall in the time that soil remains warm gives the roots of the lavender time to grow without the risk of scorching sunlight drying the plants out. (Lavenders are drought-resistant plants once they are established, but require extra care and attention following the planting).

The time to plant in the spring is also a great time to plant lavender, but the plants will naturally experience some transplant shock that can impact the blooms. The planting of ‘Provence’ in the correct soil mix and watering it carefully can aid in reduce the effects of shock to ensure that the plant will bloom.

But no matter how cautious you are the lavenders of every kind always bloom the best in the spring after they’ve been planted.

If you plant in the summer and you live in a hot climate like California or Southern Europe then you will need to water your lavender more frequently during the initial few weeks as the roots develop.

Planting Distance

Lavender ‘Provence’ is medium-sized lavender that can grow to a length of 24 inches in summer. To ensure it is in good health , it is recommended to keep the plant to be planted at a distance of two feet to 18 inches away from other plants. This is due to:

  • 18 inches, or 2 feet will allow the lavenders root systems the space they need to grow in the soil, without having to compete against other plant species for water, space and nutrients.
  • The planting of ‘Provence’ away of other lavenders can guarantee that they will thrive in full sun, with no other vegetation nearby creating shade.
  • Lavenders don’t prefer to be surrounded with other plant species in enclosed zones in which the air is stagnant, as it can encourage fungal diseases. The spacing of lavenders by 2 feet will ensure that each lavender has sufficient airflow around the leaves to prevent problems.

Prepare the soil and dig an opening

Make a hole a few inches wider than the root ball, or plant in a pot that is 12-16 inches in diameter. (Read my article on selecting the best container for lavenders).

Make sure that the hole is good for drainage by watering it using an hose or a gallon of water from a can. If the soil drains quickly, then it is the ideal spot for lavender to grow. When the soil is slowly draining, think about plant it inside containers instead.

Put the flowers in the holes, then return to the hole and fill it with a mix of 1/3 horticultural sand , or grit, and 2/3’s of potting dirt or compost.

It may appear to be a lot of grit or sand, however lavenders are specially adapted to thrive in sandy soils that have quick drainage with low moisture, and low fertility.

In these harsh and threatening conditions the lavender ‘Provence’ produces the strongest scent and also the largest flowers.

(For more details, check out my blog post on best mixture of soil for the lavender).

Soil pH

Lavender ‘Provence’ thrives in soils that are moderately acidic and acidic (pH 6.5-8). If your soil is extremely acidic, then plant it in containers or pots could be the best option.

To determine the pH of the soil in your garden, take a look at your garden as well as the gardens of your neighbors to determine what kind of plants are flourishing.

If you have many acid-loving plants like azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons and so on. You may need the lavender plant in pots. Find a gardener in your area and inquire about the pH of the soil in the local region.

You can also purchase soil test kits (such like the one shown in the image). Soil gauges are simple to use and don’t require any special knowledge and can be purchased for an affordable price on Amazon.

Add one tablespoon of horticultural lime, as well as half of a cup of wood ash (both alkaline) to the soil mix in order to increase the pH to the ideal range for containers and pots.

For more information learn more, check out my article on lavenders and acidic soil..

Water Frequently Until Established

Lavenders are drought-resistant species that flourish in the the hot and dry climates in the Mediterranean and don’t require a lot of water once they are established (water every two weeks in the summer).

They do require regular irrigation after the plant is established because the root system is establishing within the soil.

The lavender you have chosen to plant “Provence” right after planting with an ample soak. It is recommended to water once every two days for the first week following planting, and then you should water every week for the first month , if you plant in spring or in summer. Following the initial month,, cut back to every two weeks.

If you plan to plant the autumn, water every three days during the first week, and then every month for the rest of the winter. The lavenders go dormant during winter, so they don’t require any watering if they are placed in the sun.

Fully established lavenders (after one year) only require watering when the weather has been hot and consistent and there hasn’t been significant rainfall for more than two to three weeks.

Give plenty of water to help the roots to grow properly within the soil. The lavender plant is drought-resistant and heat-tolerant, and they are tolerant of extreme, dry conditions.

(For more details on watering in various climates and conditions, check out my blog post on the frequency of watering lavenders).

Key Takeaways:

  • Select a location that has full sun, well-drained soil, and a bit of airflow.
  • Plant lavender ‘Provence’ about two feet to 18 inches from each other.
  • Dig a hole that is larger than the roots of the lavender. Add the soil mix consisting of 1/3 sand or grit and 2/3 compost to improve drainage and to mimic the soil conditions that are preferred that are found in Southern Europe.
  • Lavender ‘Provence’ requires soil with a pH of 6.5-8. In the event that your soil appears too acidic, you can add wood ash or horticultural lime both of which are alkaline.
  • The lavender should be watered after it has been planted. Water often until the roots are been established. It is recommended to water once every two weeks in hot weather. Do not water during winter dormancy up to Spring.
Stephanie

Stephanie

Went from a bad gardener to a half-decent one over 10+ years. Super happy to share my tips and tricks with you :)