The Q&A Archives: Lavender

Question: I would like to plant some Lavender and mint in my garden in Las Vegas. Is there any specific species that will work better than others in this desert?

Answer: While mints of all kinds will thrive in your desert garden, lavender will struggle. It doesn't mind sunshine, but the winter cold will probably do it in. You might try growing it in a spot with morning sunshine and late afternoon shade, somewhere near a fence or building where surrounding plants can provide some humidity. It likes dry soil, so don't overwater, even during the hottest months of the year. In a protected place the roots may live over the winter. Spanish lavender is a little more stout than English lavender, so give that one a try. (Lavender stoechas). Peppermint and Spearmint are popular garden plants, but beware of their wandering tendencies. They spread by roots and by seeds. To keep yours confined, plant in a 5 gallon container and sink it into the ground. Be sure to cut off the flowerheads before they can develop and spread their seeds!

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