Answer: Lavender must be grown in a full sun location and must have a well drained soil that is neutral to slightly alkaline and not overly rich. You must also grow a variety suited to your zone; in my experience, lavender is not usually reliably hardy in areas colder than zone 6. Apart from hardiness, poor drainage is usually the most important factor contributing to winter failure. You might want to try the "Lady" lavender; this variety will bloom the first year from seed and thus can be grown as an annual with good results.
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