When can I plant Lavender in Zone 7a

One of the first steps we take when we are getting a good idea our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

It's possible to figure out when to plant lavender by referring to the USDA zone info for Zone 7a.


Planting Calendar for Lavender

Frost tolerance for lavender: Tolerant of some frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 5 weeks before last frost.

You can plant lavender just a bit earlier in the year because they are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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A good time to plant lavender
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant lavender
Probably not a good time to plant lavender

The earliest that you can plant lavender in Zone 7a is February. However, you really should wait until March if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant lavender and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your lavender may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your lavender indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in Zone 7a. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of 0°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 7a may not be accurate from year to year our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 7a it frosts late in the year after April 15 be ready to protect your lavender if we have a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 7a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 7a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low0°F
Highest Expected Low5°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 0°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 5°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 7a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 7a.