I used to ignore my lavendar, an easy plant that seemed happy enough left alone.
Then I looked at a neighbour’s lavendar, neatly trimmed in the spring and realized I could cut back the old flowers – I have far too much, and too little time, to cut and dry it all and use it in underwear drawers, which the Swiss love to do.
Now I make this one of my early spring pruning tasks, which means mid-April if the snow is gone.
They can be given a machine haircut, but I don’t recommend it because the flowers end up everywhere, including on the lawn and some of them re-seed.
So I grab fistfuls and clippers and add them to the communal compost. Some day the hillside where we dump thiings will be covered in lavendar, I hope!
I’ve also learned that I can cut back outer branches on some of the happiest lavendar plants that spread out far more than I want, since I use them to edge part of the lawn. I want to see the lawn, too!
Here’s what one of my purple lavendar bushes looks like a month after I cut it back, getting ready for warm weather, next to the heather which is shifting from spring purple to summer rusty tones.