I have lavender seedlings that are now growing in 4" clay pots and hardening off. So it's time to think about where to plant them.
Of course the best spot would be an open area with full all day sun, gravelly, well drained and limey (alkaline). But if I were to do that, I think I would have to build a raised bed out in the front lawn close to the sidewalk where I try not to plant anything I want to pick, let alone use for culinary purposes because people around here walk their dogs on those extra long extending cable leash.
The spot that my current slowly deteriorating lavender plant is growing (where there used to be three), it gets hot sun all day in the summertime, but what I hadn't considered back then is that during winter, this area is completely shaded by the house shadow due to the low winter sun angle. No sun at all. And in spring and fall, there are varying periods of shade as the sun traverses and the house casts longer or shorter shadow.
I'm thinking lavender is sufficiently winter hardy with semi evergreen tendencies to need at least some sun during the winter.
So assuming I'm going to build a raised bed with ideal soil mixture, what range of sun exposure that is not quite full 100 percent sun will they tolerate and thrive in? Where do you have yours planted?