The UK isn’t short of lovely flowers to admire in springtime and during summer.
Lavender is one of them – with its pretty purple petals and a natural, soothing fragrance.
Anyone who has ever had a poor night’s sleep will have probably tried something lavender-scented to help them drift off – from essential oil to sprays and body lotions.
The flower can be grown at home, but you can also admire plenty of it in the UK countryside.
So, at what time of year can you expect it to bloom?
When does lavender bloom in the UK?
Lavender in the UK typically starts to bloom around mid-June.
It flowers from June until August, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to spy the flower throughout summer.
However, Cotswold Lavender in Worcestershire says the best time to see their lavender fields is in the middle of July – though this can depend on how the weather’s going.
Lavender will stay in bloom until September some years, too.
If you want to plant your own lavender, however, you should get started a bit earlier than June for the best results.
The Royal Horticultural Society recommends planting between April and May, so the soil has a chance to warm up naturally – as lavender needs the warmest possible conditions to grow.
Where to see lavender fields in the UK
If you can’t get enough of sweeping fields painted entirely in lavender purple, you’re in luck.
Popular lavender fields can be found all over the UK, particularly in the south of England: Cotswold Lavender, Norfolk Lavender and Somerset Lavender are some of the best known.
From London, a one-hour, 30-minute train will help you reach Hitchin Lavender (in Hertfordshire) or Castle Farm (in Kent) – while a 55-minute train can take you closer to Mayfield Lavender (in Surrey).
Up north, visit Yorkshire Lavender, located in North Yorkshire’s Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
And in Scotland, there’s the lavender-packed Tarhill Farm in Kinross.