Lavender-Annual or Perennials/Type for GA

Q: Are lavender plant annuals or perennials? What’s the best perennial lavender plant for mid-eastern Georgia? Will they thrive in sandy soil?

A: Lavender can behave as an annual or perennial, depending on where you grow it. Out in Washington State and in France, they grow prolifically in huge fields. Here in Georgia, common lavender may last a couple of years but typically not much longer. That said, look for ‘Phenomenal’ lavender. Mine has done fine for three years. It seems to me that a key to success is planting in sandy soil and pruning it in March. See

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