growing laveadar & tarragon

rober49(5 St Louis)August 21, 2013

2 plants i have a hard time growing are lavendar & tarragon. i'm in the st louis mo area & believe that i'm in zone 5. anyone have any suggestion on varieties & how to cultivate?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Tarragon got to be invasive and I had to dig it out (twice). That was one of those dig and hole and plop it in. Nothing fancy! No feeding, no amending. It was between sage and chives and overran both of them. As it turned out we didn't use that much tarragon anyway. Don't know why you might have a problem.

Lavender had been planted in two spots. One was with the chives, tarragon, sage and mint (don't ever plant mint, smells good but goes everywhere). That did ok. Other lavender was next to the house and ended up not getting enough sun due to the growing apple tree.

All got moved this spring to one newly cultivated spot and they are doing great.

Are your plants getting at least 6 hours of sun? More is better, like 7 am - 7 pm.

We are in east central Illinois.


    Bookmark   August 25, 2013 at 3:40PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mehitabel(z6 MO)

Lavender does well in St Louis. Needs fully blazing south sun all day to be at its best. Do not plant in a wet area; needs to be dryish in winter.

To look its best, cut it back to about 6" each spring. It will have a gorgeous shape and lots of flowers on all that new growth.

For varieties, check out High Country Gardens. The one I have is 'Royal Velvet' from HCG.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 4:04PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
moving perennials with some disease
Bought a hydrangea very cheap this summer ... Cheap...
Columnar fastigiate screening tree recommendations
hello! I'm wondering if members have recommendations...
WANTED: Chicago Area Exchange Meetup
I'm going to try to get everyone here to meet up and...
Please name this plant
Bought a home and this is growing in the yard in several...
Sponsored Products
Fatboy Point Small Bean Bag Chair - PNT-BRN
$89.00 | Hayneedle
Blue My First Alarm Clock
$29.99 | zulily
VintageView 9-Bottle Wall Mounted Presentation Wine Rack - WS-PR-P
$69.00 | Hayneedle
Access Lighting Lantern Pendant 23646 - 12W in. - 28088-1C-BS/WHTLN
$100.00 | Hayneedle
Babyletto | Modo 3-In-1 Convertible Crib
Live 'Firecracker' Goji Berry Plant - Set of Two
$34.99 | zulily
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™