Monday, 09 Jul 12 Storms 32°C / 90°F
We just built a new patio in our backyard (west-facing), with mesh screens and all, and I wanted to plant a French lavender (Lavandula dentata) border to ward away mosquitoes. However, I have found that the structure of the patio blocks a lot of sun during the daytime, so my plants only get about 5-6 hours of harsh, afternoon sun. Is this enough sunlight for them? They’ve become brown, scraggly, and woody and I’ve tried pruning them back to encourage them to grow. I would really love to have some lush lavender shrubs growing out back, but I may need to give this up.
So I’ve turned to my helpful Folians to give me some advice!
- What is causing my lavender to die back and how can I fix it?
- Are there any other mosquito repellent plants that I can put back there and would be happy in afternoon sun? (Maybe some catnip? My cat would destroy it though).
I also thought I’d mention that I have some English lavender at the front of my house (east-facing) that only receives morning sun and is doing amazingly well.