Horticultural aide memoire No. 34: Trim lavender
Lavender is an easy enough shrub to cultivate, but if it’s left to its own devices, it will almost imperceptibly develop an ungainly habit, wandering about on great crooked woody shoots with a mere tuft of the desired grey and blue at the tips. Act now to prevent this. Cut off the flowers, complete with their stalks, and continue your clipping to include all but an inch or so of the current season’s leaves. Do not cut into the bare wood or it will stay that way. An annual treatment of this kind will maintain a neat hedge indefinitely.