Lavandula

Lavender

In the Middle Ages, Lavender was a chief ingredient in the famous “Four Thieves” vinegar, and today no classic sachet or potpourri would be complete without it.

We use Lavenders in every garden we design. Dependable and drought tolerant, their strikingly handsome flowers, whether white or blue, pink, violet or purple, offer a heady aroma and an upright spiky look, while the foliage forms a pleasing mound during the off season. In the herb garden, border or rockery, they combine well with grasses, perennials or other shrubs. If the plants are cut back in late June, many cultivars will produce a second bloom in autumn.

The foliage of this medium-sized Lavender has so much down that it almost appears white. Another angustifolia and lanata melding, ‘Ana Luisa’s shimmering silver leaves put forth tapered bluish lavender flowers with pearly calyxes in early summer, and cast a superb luminous effect during the colder months.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Buena Vista’ (S-0813)

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‘Buena Vista’ tops many gardeners’ favorite ornamental Lavender list for its unequaled graceful stance plus oodles of sweetly fragrant, saturated purple flowers, blooming both early summer and fall. Not as densely arranged and somewhat more relaxed than most angustifolia species, long slender spikes carry pubescent intensely dark violet-blue calyces coupled with large, vibrant purplish blueberry-colored corollas above a bushy medium-sized grayish green foundation. Introduced by Don Roberts of Premier Botanicals, this irresistible, seldom offered English Lavender dons year-round classic good looks, yields abundant commercial-grade oil and makes a savory seasoning to boot.

Blooms June–September

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Introduced by Kieft Seeds of the Netherlands, this fantastic 2008 Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner offers a perfumed plethora of large vivid purple-blue flower spikes bolstered by swank silver-green slender leaves. ‘Ellagance Purple’ achieves an impeccable well-branched mound, that is compact and just right for nestling into tight spots.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 12" – 15" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Lavandula angustifolia</i> ‘Graves’ <i>Lavandula angustifolia</i> ‘Graves’

Tall slender stems rise from a mound of elegant sword-shaped gray-green foliage, the longest leaves of any angustifolia cultivar. Abundant green buds tinted with purple open into dark violet blooms held by light purple calyxes, and make excellent cut flowers, fresh or dried.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Imperial Gem’ (S-0479)

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AVAILABLE AUGUST 2018

We favor this Lavender for its richly colored blooms. Topping grayish green, somewhat relaxed stems, vibrant violet petals and fuzzy dark purple calyxes form a broadly cylindrical head distinguished by a separate whorl of flowers at its base. A well-formed, midsized gray-green bush, ‘Imperial Gem’ delivers a dazzling effect, especially when planted en masse.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2' 0" high x 20" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Miss Katherine’ (S-0434)

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AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 2018

<i>Lavandula angustifolia</i> ‘Miss Katherine’

A hard-to-find English cultivar, ‘Miss Katherine’ is unquestionably the most exquisite pink flowering Lavender available. The long spindle-like blooms are colored a soft lilac-pink that’s brushed with lively red-violet tints. Held on tall, upright stems, they brighten the dense, shapely mound of gray-green foliage. Let a drift of this alluring and fragrant Lavender grace your herb garden.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2-1/4' high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

For its tall graceful stems, unique airy blooms and handsome medium size, this repeat bloomer earns its “premier” status. Spaced whorls distinguished by large violet corollas and darkly purple calyxes ride high above a well-mannered sea of gray-green leaves.

Developed by Lavender authority, Dr. Don Roberts from Oregon, ‘Premier’s long-stalked plushly colored blooms make sterling additions to cut arrangements or a mixed dry garden planting with companions like Salvia ‘Pacific Blue’ and Cistus ‘Jessamy Beauty’.

Blooms June – July.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

First spotted by Kiwis Elsie and Brian Hall as a markedly unique seedling in a bed of Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote', 'Thumbelina Leigh' is distinctive for its compact spherical habit and short sturdy well-branched flower wands, offering a vibrant highly aromatic profusion of dense two-toned blooms. The sweet smelling rounded blossoms feature deep purple pubescent calyxes plus large corollas, colored both a bright violet-blue and dark lavender-violet. A stellar addition to path edges, the rockery, knot gardens and containers, the small impeccably formed gray-green mound celebrates a flowery encore if you shear one-third of its mass after the first bloom.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 12" – 15" high x 12" – 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

As opulent as the gemstone, this English Lavender shimmers with amethyst-colored corollas set off by dark purple calyxes. Its winsome habit features a compact mass of young greenish gray leaves maturing to frosted silver, while the pretty blooms perched on short flowering stems bestow a soft old-fashioned feel.

Blooms June – July.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Lavandula angustifolia</i> ‘Violet Intrigue’

Bred by New Zealand Lavender authority Virginia McNaughton, this aptly named colorful cultivar delivers ultrascented, vibrantly violet corollas and saturated violet-blue calyxes on staunch, long straight stems that are ideal for cutting. Silvery green leaves dress its upright bushy profile, and with Helichrysum italicum, Horehound and Sideritis nearby, they craft a brilliant association. (pp#15,344)

Blooms June – July.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Lavandula</i> ‘England’

ĎEnglandí is prized for its almost miniature stature and downy, silver foliage. The light violet-blue flowers arrive at the height of summer. Itís a pleasing combination with Cistus ĎAnne Palmerí, and works well for the garden with limited space.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 12" high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Lavandula x intermedia ‘Gros Bleu’ (S-0713)

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<i>Lavandula</i> x <i>intermedia</i> ‘Gros Bleu’

An enormously popular newcomer from Sault, France, this sensational dark flowering enchantress is destined to give ‘Grosso’ a run for its money. Perhaps the deepest colored lavender and an ideal candidate for fresh or dried bouquets, ‘Gros Bleu’ flaunts 4 in. long, slender tapering bloom spikes, described by dark purple woolly calyxes, deeply saturated violet corollas and a scent thatís sweeter than ‘Grosso’s, on exceptionally tall branched stems.

The good-sized robust mound of winsome, densely arranged greenish gray foliage makes a welcome addition to any landscape or commercial Lavender endeavor.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 3' 0" – 3-1/2' high x 3' 0" wide.

Zone 5/6.

<i>Lavandula</i> x <i>intermedia</i> ‘Grosso’

One of the fattest budded Lavenders, purple-violet ‘Grosso’ is especially strong and vigorous. Its growth habit is a tight and tidy, green-gray mound even when not in bloom, always appearing to have just been trimmed. A great choice for the natural setting, or try it with Rockrose or Rosemary.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 3' 0" – 3-1/2' high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Lavandula</i> x <i>intermedia</i> ‘Hidcote Giant’

We first saw this dazzling English cultivar at the Norfolk Lavender Farm near Britain’s North Sea. ‘Hidcote Giant’ bears multitudes of large squat dark buds and sizable blue-violet flowers with lilac-green calyxes atop long elegant stems. Pair with Kniphofia ‘Safranvogel’ for glowing complementary bloom color.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Cultivated by the renown British nursery, Hopleys in the early 1990s, this bushy Lavender strikes a hard-to-miss stance as dashing gray flanneled leaves closely line its large upright frame. Blue-tipped green buds give way to long, slender conical heads composed of fuzzy dark bluish calyxes and deep mauve-violet flowers. With such inherent good looks, ‘Lullingstone Castle’ makes a stellar hedge or a centerpiece amid fellow Mediterraneans in a dry area.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

This remarkable 2012 introduction from Peace Tree Farms is being touted as one of the best Lavenders on the market after undergoing extensive trialling throughout the country. A Lavandula ‘Grosso’ offspring, it’s large, uniform habit exhibits exceptional winter hardiness, an impressive ability to withstand heat and humidity plus excellent disease resistance. Symmetrically arranged, staunch upright stems cloaked in attractive silver-green foliage bolster a fragrant showing of 5 in. long rich blue-violet spikes atop lengthy flower stalks. Splendid in dried or fresh bouquets, ‘Phenomenal’ can be hedged or added to perennial borders and Mediterranean plantings, while its heavily scented leaves and blooms produce high quality oil and culinary seasonings. (PPAF)

Blooms June–October

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Easily drawing your eye when planted in a drift and absolutely stunning by the hundreds in a field, a surplus of large violet flowers graces fine textured gray-green foliage. This topnotch cultivar’s neat, good-sized mound is long-lived and stays dapper all year, associating well with Kniphofia ‘Gladness’, Heuchera ‘Old La Rochette’ and Yarrows.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 3' 0" – 3-1/2' high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

The flowers of this cultivar possess an especially delightful aroma, and most closely resemble the fragrance of their angustifolia parentage. Considered by some to be one of the best intermedias for quality essential oil, ‘Super’ has tall, graceful stems, tapered buds, light violet-green calyxes, and large elongated flower heads, lighter colored than those of ‘Grosso’.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Lavandula</i> x <i>intermedia</i> ‘White Spikes’

Creating subtle soothing accents, slender silver-laced green leaves and ample-sized fragrant flowers with bright white petals plus sage-green bracts crest firm tall stems. ‘White Spikes’s sophisticated bushy mound can be situated amid Lychnis coronaria ‘Alba’ and Calamintha ‘Montrose White’ for a gentle blend of white and pearly gray.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Introduced in 1991 by Ken Montgomery of Anderson Valley Nursery and named after his daughter, this hybrid between L. angustifolia ‘Martha Roderick’ and L. lanata retains the best qualities of both its parents. Like ‘Martha Roderick’, it is exquisitely compact, and like L. lanata, its leaves are alluringly silver and downy. The frosted gray buds open into blue-violet, making a beautiful union with Geum ‘Georgenberg’ or Teucrium chamaedrys.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

With the hardiness of its angustifolia parentage and the soft-looking leaves of a lanata, ‘Richard Gray’ is a choice hybrid which bears medium blue-violet flowers on stems just a foot above the attractive, compact mound of silver-gray foliage.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 2' 0" high x 20" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Etched in frosted winter whites, this alluring angustifolia and lanata descendent is perhaps the most effulgent silver-foliaged lavender we offer. Its dense, downy soft mound supports a profusion of plump flowers heads with dark purple corollas and snowy violet-blue calyxes. A Van Hevelingen Nursery introduction, ‘Silver Frost’s good-sized form conveys an uplifting brilliance to the landscape at any time of year.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 2' 0" – 2-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Developed by Marshwood Gardens in New Zealand, this stellar Lavandula stoechas pedunculata and Lavandula viridis hybrid is considered the best dark flow- ered stoechas cultivar in the trade. Whimsical looking rich burgundy bracts plus plump prismatic flowers splashed with vivid navy, violet and wine hues make a stunning juxtaposition against the aromatic, slender upright pale green foliage. Relishing winter protection around 0° and periodic shearing, ‘Helmsdale’s shrubby, robust, yet close-knit habit and plush flowers, which appear in droves from spring ’til fall, can dwell atop a sunny stone wall or in a dry well-drained herb garden.

Blooms April–August

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.

Zone 7a.

<i>Lavandula stoechas</i> ‘Ivory Crown’

Crowned in a creamy white, this head turning Lavender originated as a hybrid seedling from Oregonís Van Hevelingen Nursery. Large chubby flower heads house rows of small purple corollas beneath perky rabbit ear-like bracts, while pine-scented gray-green leaves fashion a neat pastel-colored base. Try mixing ‘Ivory Crown’ with Thymus ‘Albus’ and Eryngium ‘Silver Salentino’ for a luminous blend of white blossoms.

Blooms April – August.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.

Zone 7/8.

Plump long-blooming dark blue flowers topped with luminous white rabbit ear-like tufts accord 'Madrid Blue' a whimsical air, while strongly scented narrow gray-green leaves fashion a compact tailored foil for the bevy of eye-catching aromatic blooms. Not as cold-hardy as other Lavandula species, this new cultivar needs a yearly trim, protection from harsh winter conditions and a well-drained locale to ensure its longevity and innate good looks.

Blooms April–August.

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Lavandula stoechas</i> ssp. <i>luisieri</i> ‘Tickled Pink’ <i>Lavandula stoechas</i> ssp. <i>luisieri</i> ‘Tickled Pink’

It’s hard to feel anything other than tickled pink by the pretty showing of large, frilly pink bracts that gather in prominent tufts atop plump egg-shaped, dark plum-colored flowers. A compact and well-groomed bushy shrub, ‘Tickled Pink’s aromatic sage-green leaves are graced by a splendid repeat bloom come autumn.

Blooms April – August.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.

Zone 7/8.

<i>Lavandula stoechas</i> ‘Willow Vale’

Introduced by David Tristram of England, this vigorous Lavender is named for its wispy gray-green foliage, which creates a delicate veil over the strong, upright branches. The showy deep blue-violet flowers are crowned with a tuft of purple petal-like bracts, and bloom earlier than the intermedia varieties.

Blooms April-August

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

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