Lavender / Lavandula

Lavandula stoechas ‘Silver Anouk’ – A 2008 Dutch introduction with distinct silvery-grey evergreen foliage and spikes of deep purple, caterpillar-like blooms topped with a pale purple wing or bract. Blooming from spring and well into summer, some might describe its fragrance as more pungent than sweet. Attracts butterflies. Grows 20 to 24″ high. Hardy to zone 6.

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’ – This classic English lavender was introduced back in 1916 and named after Gertrude Jekyll’s garden in Munstead Wood. It bears sweetly fragrant lavender blue flowers from June to August and prefers well drained soil with full sun. Cut out flower stalks after the the blooms have faded. Grows 15-18″ high. Hardy to zone 5.

Lavandula pinnata var. buchii (syn. Lavandula buchii ‘Tenerife’) – A tender lavender worth growing as a summer flower for its elegant spring to fall pale violet flowers (non-fragrant). This native of the Canary Islands is also known as ‘Jagged Lavender’. The blooms are held on tall stalks well above the greyish-green foliage. Where hardy it grows 3-4′ high. Zone 9.

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ (syn. ‘Hidcote Blue’) – This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner bears very dark violet-purple flowers from June to August. It is used to scent soaps and cosmetics, and English lavender is also the most common culinary type. Cut back last years shoots in early spring (avoiding old wood) to maintain form. Grows 12-24″ high. Zone 5.

Lavandula stoechas ‘Otto Quast’ (syn. ‘Quasti’) – This cultivar of Spanish or ‘Rabbit Ear’ lavender bears chubby royal purple flowers spikes (with a violet bract on top) from May to August. The pungent fragrance is reminiscent of a blend of rosemary and lavender. This shrub attracts bees and butterflies and is a good xeriscape plant. Grows 20-28″ high by 20-36″ wide. Zone 7.

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