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Lavender issues!

10 Jul 2012
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!

  1. What is causing my lavender to die back and how can I fix it?
  2. 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.




I grow nepeta (catmint) which is beautiful and should have some of the same properties as catnip. The cats like it but dont go crazy over it and so far haven’t destroyed it.
Sometimes lavender plants just get too old and woody and it is time to replace them. They aren’t always very long lived perennials. An annual pruning helps keep that from happening so fast.

Here is a list i just found of mosquito repellent plants—i found it pretty interesting.

Other plants on the list i grow, that like sun: Rosemary, artemisia, mints, Mexican Marigold Mint (which is also an edible tarragon-like herb), lemon balm (grows like an invasive weed for me everywhere, but smells good), basil.

Posted on 11 Jul 12 (over 3 years ago)

Thanks for your comment! My lavender is VERY young though, not even a year old (they haven’t gotten a chance to bloom yet). That’s why I’m worrying about it dying back this much.

I was thinking of moving my rosemary, mint, and basil to that area. I’m just trying to figure out different herbs that would grow well with lavender.

Posted on 11 Jul 12 (over 3 years ago)

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