Alan Titchmarsh shares top tip to keep lavender blooming and 'prolong' lifespan

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Lavender plants are a stunning addition to any garden, with their beautiful blooms and fragrant presence, as highlighted by expert Alan Titchmarsh.

Not only do they serve as perfect bed and border edgings, but they also release a delightful scent as you brush past them.

While commonly associated with summer, some varieties of lavender start showing their vibrant colours early in the spring season.

Other types wait until midsummer to reveal their flowers, which then last well into the late summer months.

Despite being relatively easy to care for, lavender does need a bit of attention to ensure it continues to flourish, reports the Express.

TV gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh has shared that pruning is key for lavender to maintain its blooming and provide a "give a beautiful display".

He advised: "To prolong the life of your lavender plants, prune them every summer just as the flowers are beginning to fade."

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"Go over them in July with shears, but don't cut back too hard into old wood."

It's important not to cut back into the woody stems because lavender struggles to produce new growth from old stems.

Without regular trimming, lavender plants can become woody and lose their appealing shape, so it's recommended to prune them annually in late summer after they've finished flowering.

Alan added: "Snip back into relatively new growth, a couple of inches behind the flower, and you can keep them shapely and rejuvenated so they give a beautiful display."

Gardeners can continue to snip sprigs during autumn as well, when the scent is still potent, but it's crucial to trim before the blooms start to lose their colour.

In addition to pruning, Alan emphasised that gardeners must ensure lavender plants have their "ideal" conditions.

He elaborated: "The ideal growing conditions for these Mediterranean plants are well-drained soil and bright sunshine so they don't sit and sulk quite so much in our soggy winters."