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Perennial story - when should lavender be pruned?


This is a question that is always asked in sales conversations or guided tours through our nursery, and also completely unexpectedly. If you are standing in front of the phloxes and are just about to talk about something completely different, our customers ask “When should lavender be pruned?” This is an issue that is a real concern to garden owners.

Lavender must be pruned

Otherwise, this beloved summer plant that loves sun will grow bare; it will get longer and longer bare branches that may look knotty and interesting for a short time, but in the long run this is not beautiful and above all the plant is harmed and in the worst case this leads to death.

When should lavender be pruned?

Even if the scholars or, in our case, our employees, argue about the correct time, my recommendation is to cut back the entire plant by about one third immediately after flowering. It tears your heart, I know. But you will see in what short time fresh shoots form again, the plant appears round and cuddly and has time enough to harden until the winter months.
As a so-called evergreen plant, however, a little protection using brushwood is suitable for the nasty black frosts – at least in Northern Germany, and for me the branches are the perfect way to dispose of the Christmas tree.

Various types of lavender

And since lavender is not just lavender – here's a bit more information about the different varieties...

For our latitudes, we recommend the angustifolia (narrow-leaved) varieties:


Picture: Dwarf Blue - the most compact growing variety


Picture: Hidcote Blue - the darkest in colour


Picture: Munstead - the one with the most intense fragrance


Picture: Nana Alba - when it must be white

Intermedia lavender varieties

Intermedia varieties are also suitable for milder areas. They have coarser leaves, much more vigorous growth, making them more prone to becoming bare, and therefore it is necessarily to prune these varieties.


Picture: Grosso - the (!!) Provence lavender, vigorous growing, with very long, fragrant violet-blue spikes

Video (in German): When and how should I prune lavender?


Related products

Lavandula angustifolia 'Blue Mountain White'

Long-blooming, white lavender

From £9.40 *

Lavandula x intermedia 'Edelweiss'

Tall growing lavender variety with white flowers

From £3.60 *

Lavandula angustifolia 'Dwarf Blue'

A very compact lavender variety

From £3.20 *


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