English Lavender II / Lavandula angustifolia

lavmartharoderick2 (300x289)Lavandula angustifolia ‘Martha Roderick’ – A compact English Lavender with abundant violet-purple blooms (produced late June through to July) that are highly fragrant. The greyish-green foliage forms a tight domed crown and the flowers are borne on rigid, sturdy stems. Lavender will attract both butterflies and pollinators. Grows 18-24″ high by 24-30″ wide. Zone 5.

lavmelissa (298x300)Lavandula angustifolia ‘Melissa’ – White buds open to sweetly fragrant white to pink flowers (held on shorter 6-10″ stems), starting from late June and continuing into July in coastal BC. The foliage is more greenish that most English Lavenders, but it still compliments the flower colour. The calyx colour is pale pink and green, and not very showy for drying. Grows 24-30″ high. Z5.

lavloddonblue (292x300)Lavandula angustifolia ‘Loddon Blue’ – This 1963 introduction of English Lavender is somewhat similar to ‘Hidcote’, with violet-purple flowers and a deep purple calyx (borne from late June into July). The flowers are good for drying and are produced over aromatic greyish-green foliage. A fine shrub for containers or edging borders. Grows 18-20″ high by 30-36″ wide. Zone 5.

lavroseaguy (288x300)Lavandula angustifolia ‘Rosea’ (syn. ‘Jean Davis’) – The fragrant pale pink blooms of ‘Rosea’ are a nice change from the usual purples and violets, and are borne from July to August. It can be raised from seed and grows into a compact evergreen shrub with narrow grey-green foliage. This cultivar is sweetly fragrant and considered one of the best pinks. Grows 24-30″ high. Zone 5.

lavashdownforest (300x299)Lavandula angustifolia ‘Ashdown Forest’ – An erect English Lavender with highly fragrant clear violet to pale purple blooms that show from late June into July. This 1980’s introduction prefers poor soils with sharp drainage and a full sun exposure. It is a good choice for an informal hedge or for growing in containers. Deer resistant. Grows 20-24″ high by 3′ wide. Zone 5.

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