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Lavender

Lavender

Lavender is one of our favorite perennials, and for very good reason! Lavender is considered an herb because of its fragrance. All parts of the plant are strongly aromatic. Sprigs of lavender brought inside the house can provide a soothing aromatic scent. It is easy to care for when planted in full sun with well-draining soil. Lavender will grow to be a couple of feet tall and wide so it is quite a showy plant when used in a perennial border, herb garden, or vegetable garden. There are many very hardy varieties of lavender that will bloom for most of the summer with either dark blue to lavender color flowers. These flowers are so wonderful in that they attract our beloved honey bees and butterflies. They also make great cut flowers and when dried will still retain their color.

Lavender can tolerate drought conditions and is best grown with a pH somewhere above 6.4. It has grey-green foliage and for the most part, is an upright grower.

For many of you, one of the best characteristics of lavender is that it is deer resistant. Deer do not like the scent, making lavender an asset as a border planting, as the strong scent will help protect other plants from deer damage.

One maintenance tip is to avoid pruning back after late summer. You should cut lavender back heavily in the early spring (to about 6 inches) every 2 to 3 years in order to keep the plant from getting straggly.

For all of the reasons above, it’s obvious why lavender is one of our favorite perennials.

Varieties

Here are some of the lavender varieties that we generally have available at Meadows Farms. Please note that not all stores carry every variety, so please call your local Meadows Farms for availability info.

  • GROSSO

    Grosso Lavender

    Striking bluish-purple blooms covering slightly taller stems sets this cultivar apart; lovely gray green foliage is beautifully fragrant; excellent for borders, containers, and massing in the garden; used for sachets and perfumes.

  • HIDCOTE

    Hidcote Lavender

    Has masses of beautiful spikes of fragrant purple flowers rising above the foliage from early to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has attractive grayish green foliage. The fragrant needles are highly ornamental and turn coppery-bronze in fall.

  • MUNSTEAD

    Munstead Lavender

    This fabulous variety is a fragrant, robust lavender that, due to its short size and tightly held blooms, makes a great low hedge; it can also be massed in the garden; blooms profusely in spring and is then a fragrant gray green shrub.

  • PHENOMENAL

    Phenomenal Lavender

    Striking bluish-purple blooms covering slightly taller stems sets this very hardy cultivar apart; striking silvery foliage is beautifully fragrant; excellent for borders, containers, and massing in the garden; used for sachets and perfumes.

  • PROVENCE

    Provence Lavender

    Striking light purple blooms covering taller stems sets this cultivar apart; lovely gray green foliage is beautifully fragrant; excellent for borders, containers, and massing in the garden; used for sachets and perfumes; one of the best culinary varieties.

  • SILVER EDGE

    Silver Edge Lavender

    A beautiful and aromatic flowering shrub covered with an abundance of lavender blooms atop lightly silver-variegated foliage, excellent choice for low informal hedging and in borders and formal gardens.

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