Aromatic plants


How to grow lavender

There are several varieties of lavender, the most common are: «officinal lavender», «true lavender», «lavender stoechas» or «lavender papillon» and «lavender angustifolia Alba» (with beautiful pure white flowers). Growing lavender is not difficult. Being one of the most fragrant among the aromatic plants, you can put it in the garden, or use it to decorate the garden, but it is also possible to grow lavender in pots. It needs little water: it should be watered only in the first few years so that it settles and takes root well, or in case of drought. It loves calcareous, stony and arid soils. Plant it in an area exposed to the sun, preferably in spring. The ideal is to arrange 5 plants per square meter at a distance of 40-50 cm from each other. To grow lavender in pots, choose one of about 30 cm in diameter with a soil for garden mixed with sand; make sure that it has a hole so that the water does not stagnate and place the pot in a sunny place on the terrace. At the end of autumn, prune the lavender down to the feet: it will be protected from the cold and in spring it will bud more luxuriantly.

Grow lavender to decorate your vegetable garden and garden

The monks used to cultivate lavender among the aromatic plants of the monastery garden and continue to do so even today. In a vegetable garden, a lavender plant should not be missing: it is aesthetically very beautiful and also has excellent aromatic properties. But lavender can also be grown to beautify a garden, especially since it is an undemanding plant. Its beautiful deep purple color blends well with many other plants, creating colorful and cheerful corners. Next to lilies or lined up along a pergola with roses or vines, it creates a chic corner. A mix of lavender and crazy grass forms a very original contrast. Its purple color tending to blue makes it perfect combined with yellow or orange flowers, such as Indian roses or some varieties of helenium.

Lavender plant: a little history

Lavender is a lively aromatic plant native to the mountainous areas of the Mediterranean basin and nowadays it is grown anywhere in the world where there is plenty of sunshine and dry, preferably rocky and well-drained soil. The ancient Romans already knew the aromatic qualities of the lavender plant and used it at the spa to perfume the water of ablutions. The name «lavender» comes from the Latin «wash» and the word «laundress» comes from the fact that once lavender was added to the water used to rinse clothes. In the Middle Ages, the disinfectant properties of lavender were exploited for fumigations and poultices to fight the plague. In the 16th century, in hospitals, the essential oil of this plant was used to disinfect the air and eliminate microbial and fungal infections. Lavender essential oil is still highly regarded in Ayurvedic medicine.

Lavender: Properties of lavender

You can choose to grow lavender for its decorative beauty, but also for its aromatic qualities. This plant has been known since the dawn of time for its soothing medicinal properties that can cure headaches and insomnia. It is also an excellent natural antiseptic. Lavender essential oil is used in aromatherapy for states of anxiety and agitation. Its flowers can be collected in bunches to be dried hanging upside down in a dry room away from sunlight. Once dried, lavender flowers keep for a long time, spreading their intense scent throughout the room. Put them in linen or cotton bags, closed with a ribbon: they will perfume your linen closets or drawers, bringing to mind the scent of your grandmothers.

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