Gallon – $5.97 2 Gallon – $8.00 Ready by Spring 2018
Every herb grower must have lavender in their garden since this aromatic ornamental is also useful for crafts and cosmetics. Lavender ‘Munstead’ has silver foliage with blue-violet blooms. Both the blooms and the stems are fragrant. Lavender is an indispensable herb for its fragrant flowers and foliate, but also useful as a low hedge, edging, or specimen plant. The finely textured foliage blends with many other plants while the flowers bloom for long periods of time and useful fresh or dried. A great companion plant for roses and one that deer avoid.
Lavender requires full sun and well drained soil. They tolerate drought, heat,and wind ,but not wet soil or poor drainage. I found out that the easiest way to kill off this otherwise “easy care” plant, is to give it too much water or plant it in soil that does not drain well. If your soil is full of clay, put some sand or gravel in the bottom of the hole you dig before placing your plant in the ground as this will help with drainage. I have clay soil and grow lavender in my beds. Putting some gravel in the dug hole will help with drainage.
I Love the wonderful smell and purple blooms. My grandaughter Parker and I used dried lavender from the garden to make bath salts or sachets to give as Christmas gifts. Such a versatile plant and an important herb to grow as the lavender flowers are also edible. They can be used raw in salads, added to soups and stews, used as a seasoning asin mixtures of herbes de Provence . baked into cookies or brewed into tea.
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Grosso’ has plump, violet-blue flower spikes and is a cross between L angustifolia and L. latifolia. Blooms a bit later than the other lavenders and may rebloom in fall. The long flower stems make this variety especially good for use in bouquets. This hybrid was first developed in French for perfumes and essential oils. A staple plant for every sunny garden where its’ dried flowers are often used for potpourris and arrangements. Hardy in zones 5-9.
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ is an evergreen perennial with subtle grey-green leaves and a sweet fragrance. Deep violet-purple flower spike emerge mid summer growing to a height of 12 – 24 inches tall. Grow in full sun in well draining soil. Hardy in zones 5-9.