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Question: 757-2212
We have trouble growing lavender in our garden. It rarely makes the winter. Do you have any suggestions? Kathy, Beckley, WV

Mort's Answer:
Lavandula stoechas is a shrub that gets to three feet in southern California. L.spica aka common lavender grows 1-2 inch narrow leaves is not hardy in zone 6, where you are. Folks will sometimes bring this perennial indoors in the winter. You could try cutting in back to an inch or two in the winter. Cover the plants with straw for protection. Limonium latifolium or sea lavender will grow as a substitute in sandy soil. These plants are sometimes wrongly sold as statice. It seems the status quo is always changing.

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