Who does not love Lavender? Used since time immemorial as a medicinal herb, an insect repellent, an aromatic oil and a general all round house hold essential especially when there was a bit of strewing to be done. The Romans and Greeks used Lavender when bathing and that is the origin of the botanical name Lavandula (la-van-dew-la) which comes from the Latin word lavare meaning to bathe or wash. Lavenders natural home is the Mediterranean region, the Middle East and India.
Believe it or not the much loved English Lavender does not come from England at all. It was probably introduced by a conqueror who like to smell nice and wouldn't travel anywhere without his favourite herb. History tells us that Lavender grew in England from about 1265 onwards. Talking of smelling nice Lavender is one of the main ingredients in the world famous Eau de Cologne, 4711, named after the street number of the 18th century inventor of "water from Cologne".
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Lavender has a strong biblical connection too; it is mentioned several times under the name 'Spikenard'. Spikenard i.e. Lavender Oil was a precious and expensive commodity and it is written that Mary used this oil to anoint the feet of Jesus.
There are about 30 species of Lavender. They are described variously has shrubs, sub shrubs, herbs, or herbaceous perennials. They all have highly aromatic foliage and flowers but it is Lavandula angustifolia and its various cultivars that is the most popular for the production of Lavender Oil. The pungent oil is collected from the oil glands at the base of the flower spikes. Lavenders are generally short lived and in their natural habitat the volatile oil can cause spontaneous combustion which means they would be very short lived indeed!
All Lavenders are sun lovers and they prefer to grow in well drained soil. They will grow happily with little or no fertilizer. Lavenders are best trimmed after flowering. If you wish the discarded flowers can be dried for pot pourri etc. Bees love Lavender flowers so make sure you plant a couple of bushes near the vegetable plot or orchard for pollination purposes. Great for hedging or edging, perfect in the perennial border and lovely in a pot. Love Lavender? We certainly do.
Lavender was strewed throughout houses during the Great Plague of London (1665) as it was thought to be a protection against disease.
Lavandula. English Lavender. This selected form of the ever popular and very fragrant English Lavender will delight the senses with stems of intense blue-mauve flowers in the summer months. Aromatic fine grey foliage. Plant in a sunny well drained spot and trim after flowering. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Purple / Blue Habit: Compact Mature Size (HxW): 60cm x 45cm
Lavandula. A NZ bred form of Spanish Lavender that has a nice compact habit and flower heads of glowing purple with little tufts on the top. Use to add colour to the spring garden or perhaps consider as a low hedge. Plant in a sunny well drained position and trim lightly after flowering. Evergreen.
Lavandula. Purple Pixie is a Spanish Lavender with a compact habit. The grey green aromatic foliage is topped off with dark purple flower heads with large mid purple 'rabbit ear' bracts. Trim after the first flush of flowers to encourage reblooming. Prefers a well drained sunny position. Evergreen.
Lavandula. Neat and tidy Lavender with fine, green leaves and masses of lilac flowers. Ideal for low hedges, containers or mass planting. Very attractive to bees. Loves the summer heat and is a waterwise plant. Happiest in a sunny, well-drained site. Trim after flowering. Evergreen.
A unique flower and foliage combination of eye catching candy-pink flowers which are beautiful with its silvery grey foliage. The long-lasting pink flowers are repeat flowering after a Spring flush. Its silver foliage is neat and compact, perfect for pots and containers, feature planting.
Can tolerate short dry periods otherwise its considered to need low to moderate moisture.
Lavandula. Destined to become a favourite because of its ability to bloom the first year and to flower from early summer to early autumn. The grey-green foliage forms a compact mound topped with plump, rich violet purple flowers that are perfect for cutting for fresh and dried bouquets. Perennial.
Lavandula. What a pretty little Princess this Australian bred lavender is with dark pink tufted blooms that appear from spring through to summer. Aromatic grey-green foliage combines well with the flowers. Loves the sun and good drainage and a coiffure after flowering. Evergreen.
Lavandula. "Winter Lace", a new release winter flowering lavender. The flowers are purple in colour and perfumed and the foliage is aromatic and a soft green colour. Plant in a sunny spot in the garden in well drained soil. PVR.
A Spanish variety with Pink/purple flowers with beautiful pink ruffled tufts on top. A more compact variety that is great for pots, hanging baskets or used as a border. Fantastic for bees and other beneficial insects. Plant in a well drained sunny spot and lightly trim after flowering. Evergreen.
A Spanish variety with dark purple/ violet flowers with beautiful purple ruffled tufts. A more compact variety that is great for pots, hanging baskets or used as a border. Fantastic for bees and other beneficial insects. Plant in a well drained sunny spot and lightly trim after flowering. Evergreen.