Recent weather extremes, particularly in London and the Home Counties, have meant Lavender tends to perform poorly.  Mild and wet weather often leads to root damage while an early heatwave or late cold winds can limit flowering.  Last summer, the cold spring followed by a sudden heatwave caused some Lavender to be in flower for only a few days.

In British fertile soils, Lavender tends to become leggy and require cutting back which leaves a sparse twiggy mound in winter.  It is also likely to be damaged by Rosemary beetle when flowering.

Emma recommends using Catmint (Nepeta) which has a longer flowering season, dies back neatly to the ground in winter and is less prone to pests.

Contact Emma for advice on hard working garden plants and ew compact Nepeta varieties which suit smaller gardens and flower profusely.

Lavender plant alternatives