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Lavandula intermedia Sussex



Very hardy variety with fantastic scent

Needle like silvery grey leaves are evergreen and make the perfect backdrop for the deep bluish purple spikes of flowers. The blooms appear in summer and both these and the leaves are refreshingly scented. An excellent flower for cutting - both fresh or dried. A magnet for bees and many butterflies.


A good choice for a low, informal hedge, the middle of a sunny border or in a container in a sunny spot. Happiest in very well drained soil and loves to bask in sunshine all day.


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 courser grit for containers and provide shelter from cold winds. Trim lightly after flowering to maintain shape.

Lavenders are extremely drought tolerant once established and also grow well in coastal gardens.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, 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. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Mediterranean garden, Patio container, Gravel garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Garden edging, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From March to September