All About Lavender

Lavender is an extremely popular hedging shrub, whose distinctive look can be easily identified, bringing classical English essence to a garden. Famous for the wonderful spires of blue, purple and white flowers and the delightful fragrance that they produce, Lavender is grown around the world for its beauty, but also for the harvesting of its essential oils.

We stock 5 varieties of Lavender

English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Munstead) can be planted throughout the year, allowing you to add this fragrant, attractive shurb to your garden in any season. English Lavender plants can be used to create colourful borders or for under planting near established trees and hedging.

Lavender Hidcote (Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote) Hidcote is a lovely variety of old fashioned English Lavender (introduced in 1950) but with dark purple flower spikes – stunning for large planting schemes. Lavender ‘Hidcote’ is a hardy variety native to the British Isles and is incredibly fragrant with vivid purple flowers that are a magnet for bees and other pollinators, making them an ideal companion to your fruit trees or garden veg patch.

French Lavender (Lavandula stoechas) sometimes known as Spanish Lavender) has a number of differences from English Lavender hedge plants. Instead of flower spikes with narrow flowers, it has bracts on the end of the flower spikes – rather like ears. Often called Butterfly Lavender, this variety has produced distilled oil since the Middle Ages.

Dwarf Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Little Lady’) is similar to that of hidcote but even smaller. It can be planted throughout the year, allowing you to add this fragrant, attractive shrub to your garden in any season. Dwarf Lavender prefers a sunny, sheltered site. Lavender ‘Little Lady’ is ideal for normal, well-drained soils, so make sure not to over-water this bushy plant.

White Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Arctic Snow’) is a lovely pure white flowering variety of English Lavender. It can be planted throughout the year, allowing you to add this fragrant, attractive shrub to your garden in any season.

These plants are available all year round. Plants bought in Autumn, Winter or Spring will flower in the first summer.

What Are The Features Of Lavender?

1. Evergreen

Being evergreen, Lavender provides you with its wonderful foliage and pleasant aroma through every season.

2. Native (English and Hidcote)

English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’) was the basis of the England’s lavender oil industry in the 1700’s, and it’s easy to see (or smell!) why with their incredible fragrance. A traditional favourite for the classic English cottage garden, Lavender ‘Munstead’ makes for a compact, hardy and easy to grow shrubby hedge. Compared to the other main native ‘Hidcote‘ variety of Lavender from the UK, English Lavender ‘Munstead’ has a softer and relatively pale shade of purple flowers, with a lighter colour of foliage.

3. Fragrant & Attractive

The leaves are very heavily scented – really noticeable when you are taking them out of their pots and handling them . The sweet scent that Lavender produces, which can be described as pine-like and floral, comes from its attractive grey-green foliage. We supply a selection of Lavender hedging plants that produce flowers of different shades of blue, purple and white. Whether you prefer the dark colour of Lavender Hidcote, or the subtle tones of Dwarf Lavender, at Impact Plants we have the best Lavender plants for you.

4. Wildlife Friendly

In summer, Lavender displays short cylindrical flower heads that radiate fantastic colours. You’ll enjoy these profuse flowers every bit as much as the butterflies and bees who adore the spectacular colours and when left unpruned, the flowers develop seeds that make a tasty treat for many garden birds.

5. Planting and Maintaining

These tough, drought tolerant plants are wonderful additions to every garden. The key with all Lavenders is to plant them in dry soil or plant them in such a way that rainwater will run away from the roots (on little soil mounds).  Other than when you first plant them, they need no watering unless we have a really long dry spell (imagine Lavender growing in Provence and you won’t go far wrong).

See our Lavender after plant care guide

What are the alternatives?

If you have had trouble growing Lavender and would like an alternative but you still want to create that Lavender look, the most popular option would be Catmint (Nepeta).

Nepeta is a genus of flowering plants in the family Lamiaceae and they can be annuals or, more commonly, perennials, with paired, usually aromatic leaves, and terminal spikes or panicles of 2-lipped, tubular flowers. It is an extremely easy growing plant with few pests or problems.

  • Botanical Name: Nepeta spp. and hybrids
  • Common Name: Catmint, Catnip
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Mature Size: 10 to 24 inches tall and 1 to 2 feet wide
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun, part shade
  • Soil Type: Clay, well-draining
  • Bloom Time: Late spring, summer
  • Flower Colour: Blue
  • Native Area: Europe, Asia, and Africa

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