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. 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.
The Queen is crowned by vast quantities of dark pink flower spikes with unusually large 'wings' of paler pink which contrast nicely with her pretty grey-green foliage. This is a hardy variety that tolerates both heat and cold and does equally well in garden beds, large pots and rockeries. Evergreen.
More tolerant of dry conditions than other varieties, but will still appreciate a good water during dry spells. Removing spent flower heads with prolong flowering.
Flower Colour: Pink / Red Habit: Upright Mature Size (HxW): 60cm x 90cm
Lavender The Queen
Expected Stock Height: 25/30 ?
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Lavandula. Dwarf Lavender. This little sweetie will charm you with its aromatic, fine grey-green foliage and dainty stems of deep purple flower heads which smell delicious. Bred to remain compact. Plant in a sunny well drained spot and trim after flowering. Evergreen. PVR.
Lavandula. An outstanding form of 'English Lavender' with fragrant spikes of iridescent violet blue flowers held on long stems from spring to summer. Neat and tidy aromatic grey-foliage. Use in the border or as a low hedge or just pop one in a pot. Loves the sun and good drainage. Evergreen. PVR.
Trim lightly after flowering.
Flower Colour: Purple / Blue Habit: Compact Mature Size (HxW): 70cm x 60cm
Lavender Violet Intrigue
Expected Stock Height: 15/25 cm ?
New stock expected Middle of November, 2024. Waitlist now. Estimated price TBA. Payment on order.
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.