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Lavandula angustifolia 'Lady' is an easy to grow from seed English lavender. Burpee bred herb will flower the first year just 90 days after sowing. So beautiful with its compact habit, outstanding flowers and fragrance, it's excellent for edging, low hedges and containers. Lavender is an easy to grow evergreen shrub that produces masses of beautifully scented flowers above green or silvery-grey foliage. This drought-tolerant plant thrives in full sun in the perennial border, container, herb or rock gardens.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

90-200 days

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

16 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

16 inches

Additional Uses Additional ways in which the product may be used in the garden.

Container Plant, Easy Care, Eco-Friendly, Low Maintenance


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  • Lavenders

    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Feb-22 - Last Date: Mar-21
    First Date: Aug-06 - Last Date: Sep-03
    First Date: Mar-28 - Last Date: May-16
    First Date: Sep-17 - Last Date: Oct-29

Lavender may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or planted as a potted plant.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow lavender seeds indoors 6-10 weeks before the last frost in spring using a seed starting kit.
  • Sow seeds ¼ inches deep in seed-starting formula in a south facing window or under grow lights until seedlings emerge.
  • Keep the soil moist at 70-80 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 14-28 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with rich, well drained, moist organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development.
  • Set the plants 12 inches apart.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For herbs, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Lavender leaves and flowers are valued for their fragrance. Use them fresh or dried to make a soothing tea; add dried parts to potpourris.
  • Harvest when the flower color is the most brilliant and the scent is the strongest. Harvest in the morning when the plant is dry. Cut at the base of the flower stem just above the leaves. Gather stems into a bunch and rubber band together and hand upside down in a warm dry location out of direct sunlight. Allow to dry for 2-4 weeks.
  • Either keep the flowers whole or brush the flowers off to make sachets.
Full Sun
Days To Maturity
90-200 days
Life Cycle
16 inches
16 inches
Additional Uses
Container Plant, Easy Care, Eco-Friendly, Low Maintenance
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Soil pH
18 inches
Lavender, Lady is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor germination rate I planted seeds indoors in a sunny location over a month and a half ago. Out of 10+ seeds planted, only one has germinated. All my other burpee seeds this year had great germination rates, so I’m not sure what the deal is here. I was really looking forward to growing lavender for my girlfriend, so I’m quite disappointed.
Date published: 2019-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't panic, and don't over-tend I didn't order the seeds from Burpee; they were available, however, at the only grocery store in my tiny rural town. I had never tried germinating lavender before, but the germination rate was excellent. (I germinate most of my vegetable and herb gardens inside under lights.) I have 16 Lady lavender seedlings that are now in 4- and 6-inch pots, and they are doing extremely well. I also have 11 sprouts in cells that I had given up on prematurely. I'd taken them out from under the lights, given that space under garden lights is prime real estate in my home, but they're sprouting nonetheless. And I still have seeds in the packet! A couple of things that might help: Don't use potting soil to start these. They have fertilizer, and they're too rich. Lavender likes sandy soil that isn't good for much else. I used seed-starting coir and sand, then ended up adding coarse poultry grit to the mix (available at any livestock feed store). I did this because the sand was fine-grained; coarse sand would have been a much better choice, as I think the sand I used was holding water way too well. A soil mix for succulents is supposed to be good with lavender, too. The review from the well-pleased customer who said she'd planted and literally forgotten the lavender is instructive, I think. If you're a longtime gardener, you're accustomed to nurturing plants. Well, lavender is a parent's nightmare: a persnickety, independent little girl who wants you to leave her alone and balks at your efforts as an unwelcome intrusion. Keep her dry, water only when you notice droopy leaves AND dry soil an inch or more below the surface (stick your finger in), and then water thoroughly. Then leave her alone! She doesn't need you nearly as much as you think she does. A special thanks to the horticultural staff at Burpees. I panicked when I transplanted from cells to pots because the lavender didn't seem to like their new digs. I emailed the horticulturists, and they were very helpful. I decided the problem was transplant shock, and I was right. They took off in growth after a little while. So don't give up!
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not germinate I bought the seeds and started them inside. Only one seed germinated. This is the only time I had this happen. Very disappointed.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No growth I'm a amateur gardener. I can't blame the product or company for my lack of success. I'm learning. I followed the instructions and planted indoors in a greenhouse and then transitioned them outdoors. Sadly, no growth. I've heard that lavender is tough to grow. I planted what sprouts that cane up in the ground. Maybe they will grow next season.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 5 Packets. Zero plants, bad batch for 2016? Planted indoors according to directions in a Window greenhouse. all 5 new (2016) Sell by 11/20/16 packets in great soil, all the Sunflowers, etc came up. after 6 weeks just damp dirt from the lavender.. Thing is, these arent cheap seeds. and not a single one sprouted. Wont buy burpee seeds again.
Date published: 2016-05-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lavender is really hard to start from seed Mine all eventually succumbed to dampening off. It was not a great experience.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent plants These were excellent plants but they never made it to maturity. They died out due to damage to the bed. I have repaired the bed and I will be replanting this spring.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very happy with selection. Planted the seeds indoors last year and transplanted them to a large pot. Forgot about them and found them thriving later in June. They have survived this year's brutal winter - actually stayed green all winter. Very pleased.
Date published: 2010-03-08
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