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Lavandula

lavandula.jpgLavandula (lav-van-dew-luh), Lavender; Lamiaceae Family. Lavender has been grown for centuries for its intensely fragrant flowers and beautiful appearance. It is a staple item of every sunny garden, and its dried flowers are widely used in potpourris and arrangements.

Lavender will grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil; and prefers alkaline, sandy soil with low fertility.

To prevent crown rot, well-drained soils are required, particularly in winter, so plant in hot, dry, sunny areas where nothing else seems to grow. Other than that, Lavender is known to have few problems with pests and diseases. Shearing back the evergreen foliage in early spring will rejuvenate plants and stimulate new growth.

Attributes: border plant, in containers, cut and dried flowers and foliage, drought tolerant, evergreen, fragrant, and mass plantings. Attracts butterflies. Deer and rabbit resistant. This herb may smell nice to us, but the strong scent scares away deer and rabbits.

PLANTING: Set plants in a dry, warm soil, spaced 12 to 18 inches apart, depending on the ultimate spread of the species you haveve chosen. Ample humus content and rather low fertility are best; choose a soil with excellent drainage as well. Planting bare root, Lavenders are very sensitive to drying out and need a good amount of consistent moisture until establish.

MAINTENANCE: Clip or prune in spring, before the new growth starts, to promote bushiness and maintain desired height and form. Trim off flower stems after bloom in late summer. This is also a good time to trim back the foliage again, if desired, to develop a more compact bush.

  • Lavandula a. 'Lavance Deep Purple'
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    Lavandula a. 'Lavance Deep Purple' (20)ct Flat

    Lavandula a. 'Lavance Deep Purple' (20)ct Flat Common Name: English LavenderOne of the darkest hued lavenders from seed. Deep purple-blue flowers do not bleach during the summer, according to Pan American Seed. Deer and rabbits tend to avoid this highly...

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  • Lavandula a. 'Silver Mist'

    Lavandula a. 'Silver Mist' (20)ct Flat

    Lavandula a. 'Silver Mist' (20)ct Flat Touted as the most silver of any lavender; rare selection Forms a bushy, very well-branched, uniform clump of fragrant, glaucous silver foliage Lavender purple flowers appear a bit later than other lavenders...

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  • Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso'

    Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso' (20)ct Flat

    Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso' Common name: English Lavender. Zones 5 to 9. Full sun; to flower, Lavender must be grown in full sun. Plants reach 24 to 30 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. Growth rate: Moderate, erect herbaceous clump-forming...

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  • Lavandula a. 'Essence Purple'

    Lavandula a. 'Essence Purple' (20)ct Flat

    Lavandula a. 'Essence Purple' (20)ct Flat Outstanding garden performer Bright blueberry colored flowers early Forms a perfectly rounded, uniform, dense clump of green, aromatic foliage. Retains its perfect habit all season. Height: 18 inches Zones...

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  • Lavandula a. 'Blue Cushion' PP9133.72

    Lavandula a. 'Blue Cushion' (20)ct Flat

    Lavandula angustifolia 'Blue Cushion' PP9133 (20)ct Flat Common name: English Lavender. Zones 5 to 9. Full sun; to flower, Lavender must be grown in full sun. Plants reach 16 inches tall and 16 inches wide; Clump forming habit. Growth rate:...

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  • Lavandula a. 'Munstead'
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    Lavandula a. 'Munstead' (20)ct Flat

    Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead' Common name: English Lavender. Zones 5 to 9. Full sun; to flower, Lavender must be grown in full sun. Plants reach 12 to 16 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Growth rate: Moderate, erect herbaceous clump-forming...

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  • LAVANDULA a. 'Hidcote'
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    Lavandula a. 'Hidcote' (20)ct Flat

    Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' Common name: Lavender. Zones 5 to 9. Full sun; to flower, Lavender must be grown in full sun. Plants reach 18 inches tall and 12 to 15 inches wide. Growth rate: Moderate, erect herbaceous clump-forming perennial. Deep...

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  • Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso'

    Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso' (25) BR Plants

    Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso' Common name: English Lavender. Zones 5 to 9. Full sun; to flower, Lavender must be grown in full sun. Plants reach 24 to 30 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. Growth rate: Moderate, erect herbaceous clump-forming...

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  • Lavandula a. 'Munstead'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Lavandula a. 'Munstead' (25) BR Plants

    Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead' (25) Bare Root plants Common name: English Lavender. Zones 5 to 9. Full sun; to flower, Lavender must be grown in full sun. Plants reach 12 to 16 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Growth rate: Moderate, erect herbaceous...

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  • Lavandula 'Hidcote'

    Lavandula a. 'Hidcote' (25) BR Plants

    Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' Common name: Lavender. Zones 5 to 9. Full sun; to flower, Lavender must be grown in full sun. Plants reach 18 inches tall and 12 to 15 inches wide. Growth rate: Moderate, erect herbaceous clump-forming perennial. Deep...

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