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Lavendula, more usually known as lavender, covers a wide variety of plants from across the world. The more common forms of lavender that we know such as Lavendula angustifolia and Lavendula stoechas originate from the Mediterranean.

 

Lavenders grow best in dry, sandy, gravelly, well-drained soil in full sun. They do not need to be mulched as this promotes root rot and dislike waterrlogged soil. Lavenders can also grow well in pots, just add a handful of sand to the compost. It goes without saying that lavenders are really bee-friendly and the scent during the summer is beautiful. The grey/green/silver foilage also provides some useful garden colour during the winter months.

 

Relatively low-maintenance, lavenders just need a prune once a year during March before the summer growth begins to come through or in late summer.

Lavendula angustifolia £2.25

(9cm pot coming soon)

 

Deep blue-purple fragrant flowers. Compact

variety. Long-flowering. Jun-Sep. Full Sun. Does best in a sheltered position. Any soil type. Height 80cm. Spread 80cm. Hardy.

 

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Lavendula angustifolia vera £2.50

(9cm pot coming soon)

 

Deep blue-purple fragrant flowers. Compact

variety. Long-flowering season between June and September. Prefers full sun in a sheltered position. Tolerates any soil type as long as it is not waterlogged. Grows to a height and spread of 80cm. Hardy. Evergreen.

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Lavendula x intermedia 'Hidcote Giant' £2.50

(1.5ltr pot available for collection only)

 

Vigorous variety with narrow grey-green leaves and violet-blue flower spikes. Flowers between July and September. Easy in any well-drained soil. Does not like watterlogged soil. Prefers full sun and a sheltered position. Grows to a height of 1m with a spread of 1.5m. Hardy. Evergreen.

Lavendula lanata 'Sawyers' £3.00

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Silver-leaved lavender with large violet-blue spikes. Lavandula 'Sawyers' is a hybrid between Lavandula lanata and Lavandula angustifolia. Flowers between July and September. Will grow in full sun or partial shade in any soil. Grows to a height and spread of around 60cm. Semi-hardy. Evergreen.

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