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Will lavender grow in shade?

I have a shady site at the back door, which does get some sun, that the landscape architect wants to plant with lavender. I am worried about how well lavender (hidcote) will do in such a shady spot. Can you advise?


Lavender is best grown in full sun. If grown in shade, plants tend to become lanky and do not flower as prolifically as they would in sun.

If your landscape architect wants to grow lavender in this position for its silver foliage, astelia may be a better choice as it thrives in shade. Alternatively, if it is for its fragrance, daphne is a good choice.

UnitecAdvice by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor of Resource Management.

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