Why is my lavender so scraggly?
CT, Zone 5, United States
I have some rather large lavender plants that were established in my courtyard when we bought the house. At the time, the entire garden was totally overgrown in a serious way. The stems are very long, maybe a meter or more, with nice flowers on the end. However, they don't stand up and have no foliage on the stems until the last third or so.
Last fall I cut them back dramatically to see if they were just overgrown, but now a year later they look the same: messy and scraggly. I love the smell and the flowers, but the plants look terrible. My husband says that the lavender he is used to seeing is much more bushy, stands upright and has shorter stems. He is NOT a gardener though, so who knows.
They are in full sun, good soil.
- 12 Oct, 2009