I had a beautiful lavender that I absolutely adored! Last fall and this spring it was particularly productive. Then in mid June, I noticed some dead branches on the perimeter of the plant. They just looked like they had dried out. As time went on I noticed a few more. I didn't see any pests on it and the flowers continued to bloom. We were gone for a week on a mission trip and when I came back, there was like a swath of dead right through the middle. Now it's pretty much all gone. At the end, it gave off a really strong scent of lavender. We have had some really hot weather, but it did get some shade in the afternoon and in the past heat hasn't bothered it. I have been told that lavenders only live about 5 years and its 4 or 5 years old. Ya'll think this is just a plant that lived it's life or something else? It was SO healthy and beautiful just before it died. Opinions?
My lavender died.
The lavenders I've had in the past usually have done just what yours did after about 4 years, so that may be typical for them.
They benefit from frequent hacking up and resetting. If you miss that Spring opportunity, they can be propagated by leaning out stems and burying them with a rock on top in Fall. When and if the plant croaks, the buried stems will provide new plants the following Spring.
Thyme seems to behave in a similar way.
I would like to point out that there is more than one kind of Lavender. Some species live longer than others.
The one in your photo is called 'English' around here and it is short lived. I grow the species called 'Spanish' (Butterfly is another name) it lives a long time.
Here it is in a yard where I used to work, as a clipped hedge plant>
Beautiful picture, dale. You are correct about my lavender, it's definately English. I thought it was Provence, until I bought more and the leaves did not match. Provence is suppose to do well in clay soils and that's what I have. This was a gift from my mom and the tag had gotten lost in transport. I really loved it and had already bought 3 more, but they are small. the butterflies are going to miss it, too. The picture was taken in early Nov. and I was the only one on the block that had any flowers blooming.
They gave you a glorious goodbye!
Mine were spanish l. I think they just got too crowded. Sitting on the top edge of a pondless waterfall. The back side rock... the front side rock with the planting area just a thin patch in the middle (but deep --naturally there... not a long manmade 'pot' or anything. The lavender got big and did well...then just died after flowering the 3rd season. Well, not just up and died overnight ....but acted like yours Ramp. I am going to try again. Maybe keep them thinner.
Very pretty Dale!
Are the Spanish lavenders as fragrant as the English? There is a farm/restaurant in Washington that has fields of English Lavender. They put it in their burgers, deserts, etc. Wow did it smell wonderful eating outside there. I wish I could remember the name of the place.
Spanish is not as fragrant as the English lavender, but, if you put enough of them together I would guess they might be a nice fragrance.
Dale - you know --- I don't think I ever caught a whiff. Not unless I crushed the leaf etc. No airborne fragrance that I recall from the Spanish.
whew...marigolds...eeech ,,, (not my favorite) but I like better than flowering ornamental pear! And yarrow..eech ...
Agastache is a nice surprise when it rains ...licorice fills the air.
I like marigolds too :)
Agastache is not a favorite for me, but I don't like licorice. Have you grown Sweet Cicely? Pretty plant, smells strongly of licorice. So much so I have to admit I ripped mine out poor thing. It was WAY too happy. But you might enjoy it.
Here is a photo of the other kind of Lavender that does well here in the Torrid Zone. I have had this one make it thru the summer (most years).
We have been having a lot or rain (18" in the last 3 weeks) and it is starting to look a little tired. Here it is a couple months ago, at the top of this photo>
That's beautiful! Do you know the name of it? I was just given a small Lavender grown by a friend - it's a bit feathery looking and I'll have to post a photo to see if someone can ID it for me.
No, I have not heard about Sweet Cicely - I will search it. Thank You for the tip
I have both French Lavenders (lavandula dentata) and Spanish Lavenders(lavandula stoeches 'Otto Quast') and I have to replace them about every four years under similar circumstances. The only difference is that my lavenders have died back in the Fall.
Sequim Washington is the town that has a lavender festival every year. Might be the one with the restaurant? My lavender died also. This was very helpful. I believe mine has just run it's course. Time to get the Spanish variety perhaps?
Dale, the lavender is stunning. Is that at Wildseed Farms? Whew! I just looked at my lavender and it looks like it is about to croak -- thanks for the advice y'all and also the fact that it is probably on its way out on its own. We did have a very cold and snowy winter, which I thought might have contributed to its demise.
Now the lavender that I just bought has more rounded leaves. So what is the difference?
There are several different species of lavender--if you post a picture of yours someone can probably tell you which one it is.