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English Lavender

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Lavandula angustifolia Imperial Gem

Compact form covered in masses of deep purple flowers

Stunning deep purple flowers smother the sparkling silver mounds of leaves through the summer months. This compact variety of English Lavender buzzes with bees and other insects when in flower.

Where?

Great for making a low growing hedge in full sun and well drained soil. Also good for the front of a sunny border or a container. Hardier than the French varieties but still best in a sheltered sunny position. Able to cope with drought once established.

How?

Good drainage is key so dig grit into the planting hole to help if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Use loam based compost mixed with course grit for containers and provide shelter from cold winds. Trim lightly after flowering to maintain shape

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Gravel garden, Mediterranean garden, Garden edging, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Banks and slopes

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Sowing March - June

Typically available

From April to September