This cottage-garden favourite provides colour and fragrance all summer long and also attracts bees and butterflies.
English Lavender is a compact evergreen shrub which provides year-round interest with its wonderfully aromatic silver-grey foliage. During summer, masses of highly scented blue flowers add to the fabulous overall aroma and also attract bees and butterflies, injecting life and movement to the garden. This easy-to-grow and low-maintenance plant rewards you with an exceptionally long season of interest with the minimum of fuss, flowering continuously from early summer right though to late autumn. Being drought tolerant, it's perfect for growing in a sunny spot in the border, as a low hedge or singly in patio containers. It's robust and hardy, so you can enjoy a repeat performance during summer every year. As an additional bonus , the blooms have an outstanding vase life and add plenty of scent and colour to cut flower arrangements. Alternatively, you can dry them and use them to fragrance parts of the home, particularly wardrobes and drawers.
Whether you choose to grow this versatile variety in pots, borders or as a low hedge, you can enjoy a repeat show of long-lasting colour during summer every year.
Plant Type: Herbaceous
Hardiness: H5 Hardy. Minimum temperature -15 to -10.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 80cm x W 1m (Mature age: 5 Years)
Foliage Colour: Silver
Flower Colour: Purple
Fragrant Flower: Yes
Aromatic Foliage: Yes
RHS Award of Garden Merit: No
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: Yes
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Sandy, Chalky, Loam
Soil Drainage: Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Planting Style: Border Edging, Gravel & Drought Resistant Garden, Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Containers, Coastal Garden, Urban Garden, Courtyard Garden, Banks & Slopes
Season of Interest: Summer
Flowering (from - to): June - September
English Lavender is fully hardy and prefers a sheltered position, although it is fairly robust and can tolerate an exposed site. It's best grown in a sunny position and is ideally suited to borders, containers or for use as low hedging.
This variety thrives in most soil types, particularly dry or stony soil. They don't like to sit in wet soil, so it's best to plant them in a position with good drainage.
This variety will require regular watering until the roots have anchored into the ground. Once it's established it will require very little water.
English Lavender doesn't require feeding, however you can give it a very sparing feed occasionally with an all-purpose feed to improve the overall plant health.
Remove the flowers once faded down to foliage level to maintain the neat, bushy shape. Deadhead regularly throughout summer to encourage continuous flowering.