Will Lavenders Grow in the Shade? (3 Reasons)

One of the most often asked questions by new gardeners is if lavenders, or any kind of lavender, can thrive in shadier settings.

Lavenders do not grow in the shade. Lavenders prefer full sun and drier humidity and drainage conditions. Lavenders that get less than 6 hours of direct sunlight throughout the growing season produce fewer blooms, have poor development, and can die.

will Lavenders grow in the shade

I’ve heard about lavender varieties that advertise to tolerate some shadow, but in my experience, lavender blooms and smell decline when not grown in full sun.

Lavenders are native to the Mediterranean region, including Italy, Spain, and France, where they grow in full sun, sandy soils, and low water.

While you do not need to live in the Mediterranean to grow lavenders, you must replicate the circumstances in order to cultivate lavenders that blossom and release their particular aroma.

If you want to get the most out of your lavenders, plant them in full sun rather than in a shadier part of your garden.

Here is a helpful lavender growers checklist to help you choose the best conditions for producing lavenders…

Lavender light requirement

Lavender is a well-known plant for its aromatic blossoms and relaxing qualities. It is important to understand the light needs of lavenders in order for them to grow.

Lavenders are classified as Mediterranean plants, which means they flourish in climates with hot, dry summers and moderate winters. This means that they need a lot of sunlight to develop and produce blossoms.

Lavenders need a least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day, but preferably 8-10 hours of direct sunlight per day. Lavenders will struggle to produce blossoms and may grow leggy and weak if not given adequate sunlight. Furthermore, they will be less fragrant than they should be.

When deciding where to plant lavenders, take into account how much sunlight the region gets throughout the day. A south-facing placement is preferable since it receives the most sunlight throughout the day. Planting lavender in a container allows you to set it on a patio or balcony where it will get the most sunlight.

It’s also important to note that the quantity of sunlight received by a location varies throughout the year. An area that gets a lot of sunlight in the summer may not get as much in the winter. If you’re planting lavenders in a place that doesn’t get a lot of sunlight, you’ll need to boost the light with grow lights or move the container to a sunny spot during the winter months.

In conclusion, lavenders need a lot of light to grow. Lavenders should be planted in an area that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day, with 8-10 hours being perfect.

If you’re growing lavenders in an area that doesn’t get enough sunlight, you’ll need to boost the light with grow lights or move the container to a more sunny place.

You’ll be rewarded with lovely, fragrant blooms and a healthy plant if you give lavenders enough sunlight. Read my article on How long lavender blooms.

Lavenders Grow in the Shade

Lavender in the shade

While lavenders are known to need a lot of sunlight to bloom, under some conditions, they may be grown in the shade. Growing lavenders in the shade are difficult since it can affect the plant’s growth and development. 

This section will look at some of the factors that affect lavender growth in the shade.

  • Shade: The kind of shade has a variety of effects on lavender development. Dappled shadow, for example, when sunlight passes through trees, may give adequate light for lavenders to develop and bloom. Deep shadow, on the other hand, when the plant gets little to no direct sunlight, might be damaging to its growth and development.
  • Temperature: Lavenders love hot, dry summers and mild winters since they are adapted to Mediterranean regions. The plant may struggle to develop and produce blossoms if the temperature in the shadow is too chilly. Furthermore, if the temperature is too high, the plant may grow stressed and dry up.
  • Humidity: Because lavender prefers low humidity, it may struggle to thrive if the air in the shade is excessively humid. High humidity may cause fungal or bacterial diseases that harm the plant.
  • Lavender prefers well-drained soil with a slightly alkaline pH. If the soil in the shade is excessively dense, it may hold too much moisture, resulting in root rot. Furthermore, if the soil is overly acidic, the plant may struggle to absorb the nutrients required for growth.
  • Lavenders need sufficient air circulation to avoid fungal and bacterial infestations. If the space in the shadow is overly contained, the plant may not get adequate air movement, which may be harmful to its growth and development.

Understanding these factors allows you to make changes to produce the ideal environment for lavenders to grow in the shadow. If the temperature in the shadow is too chilly, for example, you may offer a heat source to keep the plant warm.

If the humidity is too high, adequate air circulation might help to dry out the air. You may also apply soil amendment to increase the drainage and pH of the soil. It is possible to grow lavenders in the shadow with correct care and attention, but it takes patience and careful maintenance. read my article on Is lavender annual or perennial?

Care for Lavenders in the Shade

  • Choosing the proper lavender varieties: All lavender varieties cannot be grown in the shade. English lavender and Spanish lavender are more shade resistant than other varieties, making them ideal for shaded areas.
  • Planting: When planting lavenders in the shade, pick a spot with good drainage and amend the soil with sand or grit to increase drainage. It’s also vital to plant the lavenders deep enough so that the leaves are above ground but the stalk is below.
  • Watering: Lavender prefers well-drained soil, so it is important to avoid over-watering. Because the soil may hold more moisture in the shade, avoid overwatering. It is preferable to let the soil dry out between waterings.
  • Fertilizing: lavender prefers poor soil, it does not need a lot of fertilizer. Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer at half the suggested rate if you prefer to fertilize.
  • Pruning is necessary to promote bushier growth and to eliminate any dead or damaged wood. After the lavenders have finished flowering, prune them.
  • Pest and disease control: Keep an eye out for pests and diseases that might harm lavender plants in the shade. To manage them, use organic and safe approaches.

You may successfully grow lavenders in the shade if you follow these recommendations and provide the proper care.

Growing lavenders in the shadow will need patience, and you may not see as much blossoming as you would if they were planted in full light. With careful care, though, you may enjoy the lovely smell and relaxing properties of lavenders even in the shadow. Read how to care for lavenders in pots.


lavenders are lovely, aromatic plants that need plenty of sunlight to grow. Lavenders can grow in the shade under certain conditions.

You can cultivate the ideal environment for the plant to flourish by being aware of the factors that affect lavender development in the shade, such as shade variety, temperature, humidity, soil, and air circulation.

Additionally, you may effectively grow lavenders in the shadow by choosing the right lavender kinds, planting them in the proper spot, giving correct watering, fertilizing, pruning, and pest and disease management.

It will need patience to grow lavenders in the shadow, and you may not get as many flowers as you would if you grew them in full light. However, with the right care, you may still enjoy the lovely scent and calming qualities of lavenders in the shade.

This article has covered the factors affecting lavender development in the shade, the light needs for lavenders, and how to care for lavenders in the shadow.

To maintain the health and well-being of the plant, it is essential to understand its requirements as well as the environment in which it will develop.

You may successfully grow lavenders in the shadow and take pleasure in their beauty and scent for many years to come with the proper care.

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Source: Gardener Report