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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.

Lavandula x ‘Ana Luisa’ (S-0582)

Each $8.75

AVAILABLE LATE AUGUST 2021

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.

‘Blue River’s compact, diminutive mound wafts a mighty perfume as droves of ample-sized, vibrant, deep blue blooms loll above. Garbed with spiffy, silver-washed green foliage, this consistently close-knit Lavender is tailor-made for containers, herb gardens or snug sunny spots.

Blooms June–August

Size: 14" high x 14" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

‘Buena Vista’ tops many gardeners’ favorite 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, vivid purplish blueberry-colored corollas above a full medium-statured gray-green foundation. Introduced by Don Roberts of Premier Botanicals, this classy, seldom offered English Lavender delivers year-round good looks, yields abundant commercial-grade oil and makes a savory seasoning to boot

Blooms June–mid-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.

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.

<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.

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Nana Alba’ (S-0860)

Each $8.75

AVAILABLE LATE SEPTEMBER 2021

Raised by a former RHS treasurer Charles Musgrave in the early 1930s, this award-winning compact cultivar has the most petite habit of all white-flowering Lavenders. The bushy well-groomed base sprouts narrow smoky-green leaves and slim semiupright short stalks, presenting green buds and a highly scented flurry of chubby pearlescent blooms with green calyces. Tailor-made for containers, ‘Nana Alba’ makes a steadfast and gleaming addition to white-themed venues, gravel gardens and coastal plantings as well as jams, ice cream and fresh or dried arrangements.

Blooms June–August

Size: 12" – 18" high x 15" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Peter Pan’ (S-0862)

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AVAILABLE WINTER 2022

‘Peter Pan’s stylish and snug ensemble becomes an aromatic grayish green foil for velvet-rich dark purple blooms atop short, sturdy 6 to 8 in. stems. Captivating either fresh or dried, violet-colored corollas plus dark purple calyces define the long-lasting bee-friendly floral fete. This diminutive, cold-hardy Lavender can be shorn into a low hedge, lodged along a pathway, featured in a container or added to a potpourri.

Blooms June–September

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" – 2-1/2' 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.

A fresh scented cornucopia of large, long-stemmed, lucent dark purple blooms plus neat ash-green leaves grace this sturdy well-formed Lavender. Introduced by Sunshine Herb Farm, aptly named ‘Purple Bouquet’ is second-to-none for crafts, cooking and fresh or dried arrangements, while its undemanding, somewhat compact habit makes an eye-catching statement in water-thrifty beds, especially when massed with Potentilla ‘McKay’s White’ and Nepeta ‘Select Blue’.

Blooms June–August

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 2' 0" – 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Touted as one of the most popular angustifolia cultivars currently available, this marvelous dark flowering Lavender was bred by Oregon nurseryman Andrew Van Hevelingen. Its attributes abound: an outstanding culinary aspect, aromatic opulent blooms that retain their intense coloration even when dried plus a tightly packed not-so-big profile. Cloaked in silver-laced green foliage, the spiffy compact mound launches striking 4 in. long flowers with bright violet-blue corollas and downy midnight-purple calyces on lanky stems. ‘Royal Velvet’ can be nudged into water-wise borders, herb gardens and containers as well as bouquets, and added to sugar, shortbread or lemonade.

Blooms mid June–July

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

Hardy to zone 5.

Raised by Lavender authority Dr. Don Roberts, this bushy gray-green cultivar bears cylindrical flower heads housing large, vibrant violet-blue corollas with lighter throats plus fuzzy plush purple and green calyces on slim, semiupright, 12 in. stalks. Well-suited for gardens short on space, the comely midsized habit can be massed or planted amid equally tough companions like Calamagrostis ‘Cheju-Do’ and Perovskia ‘Lacey Blue’. Versatile ‘Sachet’ renders a piquant seasoning and a surplus of high-quality oil, while its sweetly scented blooms are added to most sachets.

 

Blooms June & August

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

Zone 5b.

Arising from a meticulous breeding program in The Netherlands, this recent, lavishly hued introduction headlines dense, dark violet-blue flowers on short sturdy stems plus one of the most petite, close-knit habits available. Redolent pewter-green foliage shapes the neat valiant mound beneath a show-stopping, summer-long floral profusion. Undeterred by heat, air pollution, 4-legged visitors, winter cold and dry conditions, ‘Super Blue’ makes an all-purpose small-sized addition to knot, kitchen and pollinator gardens. It can also be hedged, grouped or planted as an edging. (pp#24,929)

 

Blooms June–August

Size: 10" – 12" high x 10" – 12" 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’

‘England’ is prized for its almost miniature stature and downy, silver foliage. The light violet-blue flowers arrive at the height of summer. It’s a pleasing combination with Cistus ‘Anne Palmer’, and works well for the garden with limited space.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 12" high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

This distinctive Lavender affords pure white flowers plus a pleasing green and pewter-hued stature that’s somewhat smaller than our other intermedia cultivars. Soft-looking linear-shaped leaves clothe a compact form beneath subtly pink-blushed buds and sweet-smelling pearly-hued flower heads. A stellar candidate for slopes, gravel gardens, Mediterranean plantings and mixed borders, ‘Edelweiss’ celebrates a stalwart no-fuss temperament, electrifying scents and sparkling classy blooms, bewitching droves of pollinators and plant purveyors alike.

 

Blooms June–October

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

Hardy to zone 6.

<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 that’s 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>x intermedia</i> ‘Grosso’

One of the fattest budded Lavenders, ‘Grosso’ entertains large purple-violet spikes above a rounded ash-green foundation that grows tight and tidy throughout the year, appearing like its just been trimmed. This aromatic Lavender is a choice candidate for mass plantings or a water-thrifty garden with cohorts such as 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 trials 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 array of 5 in. long rich blue-violet spikes atop lengthy flower stalks. Splendid in fresh or dried arrangements, ‘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.

Lavandula x intermedia ‘White Spikes’ (S-0259)

Each $8.75

AVAILABLE SPRING 2022

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

Creating subtle soothing accents, slender silver-laced green leaves and ample-sized aromatic 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 Oregon’s 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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