Finding info on types of plants

sudimari(z5 IN)March 24, 2009

I am looking forward to trying to container grow lavender this year. My local nursery is planning on carrying 6 varieties. I'd like to research each type, for size, light requirements, spacing, bloom timing, etc and decide what I want well before they get them in. I suspect they will go fast, lavender is becoming more popular, and I want a chance to get what I want before its gone!

Any web sites, links that would be a good place to get this info...not just on lavender, but on outdoor plants in general. I have a load of info here at home on houseplants...its the outside stuff I'm clueless with!



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ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

Suggest that you do a web search, yahoo, google, or others. Its quite easy to do, and will help you decide what kinds of types you prefer to grow. Here, people can have all kinds of issues, as it might be related to weather conditions in various planting zones. I do know that is one plant that does mich better outdoors. Z5 is quite cold for some plants, so you may have cold issues with some lavender.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2009 at 2:01PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Look for english lavender varieties like "munstead" for best hardiness. Lavender will need a well-drained (especially in winter) site for best results. I've had a "munstead" for more than 10 years outdoors. Good Luck!


    Bookmark   March 24, 2009 at 2:08PM
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I have opposite of FataMorgana. I can not get "munstead" to grow but have no problem with the large leafed types except for the ones labeled "Dutch". The Dutch type will grow nicely during the summer but die in the winter. Has never lived over for me.

Some can be grown as annuals or in pots to bring in. I always try to find the best looking one of this type at the cheapest price because I do not want to spend more than $5.00 on a plant that will not live over.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2009 at 2:32PM
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Any reputable nursery will have a resident horticulturist who should be able to give advice on all and any plants they stock. Have you thought to just ask what will do best in your local area?

    Bookmark   March 24, 2009 at 5:52PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Great advice. It's one of the reasons I suggest that people visit their locally owned and operated nurseries rather than the big box mega-marts that simply have a "lawn & garden" department. Your local nurseries generally have people who know plants, know what grows in your area, and will really help you pick the right plants.

It's also my experience that plants from the locally owned nurseries and garden centers are of better quality. Sometimes you can get great deals at the big-box places but in regards to getting plants there, it is my opinion that as a rule you get what you pay for. If it is cheap, then it is cheap, inferior stock.

So go visit one of your local nurseries. I think you will be so much more satisfied!


    Bookmark   April 1, 2009 at 9:19PM
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sudimari(z5 IN)

Yes, for plants that I'm not comfortable with (such as lavender outside in this zone) I prefer a locally owned nursery. In the past I've had a hard time finding certain lavender. The one offering this variety (6 types!)of plants this season, I trust and will definitely buy from them. I just wanted to get some basic info so I could figure out which ones would be best suited to my particulars.

Since I have to container garden, if I am looking for typical run of the mill perenials or annuals (not herbs!) I go for the cheap, big box places, but herbs for medicinal/spiritual uses and long term investments like bushes, I think it's best to support local enterprise. The one selling the lavender this year even offers a year guarantee, so if one of my bushes don't make it through the winter they will replace it...just like those other places!

    Bookmark   April 1, 2009 at 10:18PM
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