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Commonly known as Common lavender
Timeless favourites which bring to mind the perfect cottage garden, butterfles and bees, and summery clumps of purple lavender.
"English lavender" is generally used to describe L. angustifolia, the hardiest species. The name is shared with the hybrid L. angustifolia x L. latifolia (spike lavender).
L. stoechas (French lavender), pedunculata cultivars and other hybrids are less hardy and can suffer in hard winters.
Genus of about 23 species of aromatic, evergreen shrubs and subshrubs from dry, sunny, exposed rocky habitats from the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean (English lavender) and northeastern Africa to southwestern Asia and India.
Leaves and flower heads, when harvested before fully open, are dried and used in pot-pourri.
Many species have a very high nectar content making them particularly attractive to bees.
All are suitable for containers where the environment can be controlled to suit less hardy varieties.
EvergreenNarrow, grey-green leaves.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightBushy, compact shrub.
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowVery fragrant flowers. Good for drying. Wildlife plant - bees, butterflies.Pests & DiseasesFrog hoppers, grey mould, honey fungus.Place of originGarden origin. Bred at Norfolk Lavender, Norfolk, UK, 1944.
Scented PlantsScented flowersScented foliage
Soil ConditionsMedium to light, fertile, well drained soil
WildlifeBee friendlyButterfly friendly
- Lavender Care
- Harvesting for drying - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Pruning French Lavender - Video Tip ondemand_video
- General dead-heading of Lavender - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Propagation by cuttings - Video Tip ondemand_video
AGASTACHE mexicana 'Red Fortune'
LAVANDULA angustifolia 'Arctic Snow'
LAVANDULA angustifolia 'Hidcote'
LAVANDULA angustifolia 'Melissa Lilac'
LAVANDULA angustifolia 'Munstead'
LAVANDULA angustifolia 'Rosea'
LAVANDULA angustifolia 'Twickel Purple'
Buy Varieties of LAVANDULA
slow growing dwarf white variety
pale greyish-pink flowers fading to soft mauve
stunning large lilac flowers and robust silvery-green foliage
fragrant dark purple flowers on short stems. Silver leaves.
(syn. Snow Cap) - white flowers with green foliage
taller growing with broad leaves and mid blue flowers
light mauve-purple flowers and grey-green leaves
lavender-blue flowers and broad grey leaves
plum-purple bracts. Very hardy and easy to overwinter
compact variety with lots of small blue flowers topped with white ears
midnight blue flowers topped with purple 'ears'
large white flowers and a compact habit
purple-blue flowerheads topped by creamy-white bracts. Will usually flower twice in a season if trimmed after flowering