With it's much-loved scent, this classic plant thrives in UK gardens
Nothing conjures up a warm summer garden better than the delicate scent of lavender. Most commonly grown are the hardier lavenders.
Often known as English, French and Dutch lavenders they'll flower in succession to make a long-lasting display.
Choose carefully and you can have lavenders blooming or weeks on end.
First to bloom are French Lavenders. Some, such as Fathead, live up to their name with very rounded flowers, but whatever they variet each had intricatey patterned heads, topped with distinctive tufted ears.
Next to bloom are the English lavenders Ducth Group will flower intermiddedly until autumn.
Keep them happy
- Lavenders need sun and thrive in alkaline soils with excellent drainage
- If you want to grow them on heavy soil before planting, French lavender will cope with slightly acidic soils
- Once established, lavenders are drought resistant, but potted lavenders and young plants need watering well
- Prune lavenders to stop them getting leggy, but trimming to just above the old woody growth in late summer after flowering. Prune Dutch lavenders in spring