Lavender is a wonderfully versatile plant, It looks good all year round with its neat mounds of narrow grey leaves and the aroma they impart is a heavenly. Wonderful spires of purple flowers open in summer which for the creative among us can be cut to make into lavender bags to keep your underwear pleasantly fragrant.
Lavender loves a spot in full, even scorching sunshine and prefers soil that is reasonably well drained. Cold, sticky clay soil will often bring about its demise in winter due to rotting.
For maintenance clip them over after the flowers have been picked or, if you don’t intend to use them, after the flowers have faded. This is best done in late summer, rather than waiting until autumn because the plants will have time to produce new shoots that will make the bushes look much more presentable through the winter.
Some of the best purple-blue flowered English lavender, and good for hedging:
There are many varieties to choose from but the more popular include:
L. angustifolia ‘Hidcote’: Very popular cultivar with compact, bushy grey-green foliage. Dense, dark-violet flowers
L. angustifolia ‘Munstead’: A popular old cultivar with compact, dense mid-green foliage and lavender-blue flowers.
L. angustifolia ‘Hidcote Pink’: Grey-green foliage and very pale pink/lavender flowers from late June.
L. × intermedia ‘Edelweiss’: Large bushy dome of grey-green foliage and masses of white flowers from late July.
Lavandula stoechas (French lavender)