Choosing Lavender

Pick the perfect lavender for your garden or container.
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'Hidcote' English Lavender

'Hidcote' English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote') flowers and foliage are popular additions to sachets and potpourris. Flowers appear in terminal spikes in late spring to early summer. Both foliage and flowers are highly aromatic.

'Kew Red' Spanish Lavender

'Kew Red' Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas 'Kew Red') is a showstopper when paired with ornamental grasses or as a standalone in a rock garden. It's fuchsia-colored blooms attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and is a favorite with honeybees.

'Loddon Pink' English Lavender

'Loddon Pink' English lavender is a compact variety with narrow, grey-green leaves and fragrant, pale pink flowers. The blooms are highly scented and good for drying.

'Munstead' English Lavender

'Munstead' English lavender is a fragrant, robust variety that, due to its short size and tightly held blooms, makes a great hedge. It flowers profusely in the spring, after which a good pruning will provide an attractive gray bush with highly aromatic leaves.

Lavender 'Phenomenal' (Lavandula x intermedia 'Phenomenal')

This perennial lavender has been developed for hardiness, so it stands up to heat, humidity, and winter cold. The plants also resist root and foliar diseases. Even deer leave them alone! Grow a patch of these deep blue flowers with silvery foliage for their incredible fragrance.

'Willow Vale' Spanish Lavender

'Willow Vale' Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas 'Willow Vale') features dense spikes of deep violet flowers with reddish-purple bracts. The flowers are highly scented and good for drying.

'Sawyers' Hybrid Lavender

'Sawyers' hybrid lavender features linear, silvery grey green leaves that grows to a height of 12 to 15 inches, 18 inches when in bloom. In mid-summer it bears fragrant spikes of blue to light purple flowers.

'Nana Alba' Dwarf English Lavender

'Nana Alba' is a compact English lavender with narrow, grey-green leaves and tiny white flowers on short spikes.

Jagged Lavender (Lavandula pinnata)

Jagged lavender (Lavandula pinnata), also called fernleaf lavender, is a compact variety that has silvery-green, fern-like foliage. In mid-summer until early autumn it shows off spears of blue-violet flowers.

'Twickel Purple' English Lavender

'Twickel Purple' English lavender is a mid-sized variety has delightfully silver-blue foliage with dense flower clusters.

'Grosso' Lavender

'Grosso' lavender (Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso') is a hybrid variety that is a cross between English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and broadleaf lavender (Lavandula latifolia). It has both excellent heat and cold tolerance, plus boasts huge flower heads and a rich fragrance.

'Jean Davis' English Lavender

'Jean Davis' shows off blue-green leaves with pale pink flowers. It's a compact variety, typically reaching a height and spread of 12 to 15 inches. 

'Lady' English Lavender

'Lady' English lavender is quite the charmer, showing off super-fragrant, blue-violet blooms on a compact plant. It's great for low hedges, small garden and even thrives in pots.

'White Anouk' Spanish Lavender

'White Anouk' Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas 'White Anouk') features bright purple blooms with white, "rabbit ear" bracts that float above silver foliage.

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