Monday, January 25, 2016

Lavender

Lavender Plants and flowers: 
Lavender 'Hidcote', 'Grosso', Purple Ellagance, Blue Cushion, Phenomenal  and Purple Essence, Mini Blue, Blue Scent.



Lavandula angustifolia 'Essence Purple' PPAF



Walters Gardens, Inc.
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Common Name: Lavender-English
In our trials here at Walters Gardens, we have been trialing a lot of varieties of Lavender because it meets the needs of today’s home gardeners: it is long blooming, deer and rabbit resistant, drought tolerant, and very easy to grow. 
There are two varieties that have really stood out to us as the best of the best—‘Silver Mist’ for its intense silver foliage and ‘Essence Purple’ for its consistently outstanding landscape performance.  Both cultivars are scarce in the US trade but are destined to become very popular. 
‘Essence Purple’ forms a perfect rounded ball-shaped, uniform, dense clump of green, aromatic foliage.  In our trials, the plants retained their shape all season without opening up or discoloring. 
It starts to bloom about 10 days earlier than standard Lavenders such as ‘Hidcote’, producing a profusion of bright blueberry colored flower spikes for many weeks.  The stems are just the right length for cutting for fresh or dried bouquets.
If you’ve been growing the same varieties of Lavender forever, it’s time to give this new kid on the block a try.  You won’t be disappointed!  
Lavender has been grown for centuries for its intensely fragrant flowers and beautiful appearance. It is a staple item of every sunny garden, and its dried flowers are widely used in potpourris and arrangements.
Intro Year: 2012
Origin: Not Native to North America

CHARACTERISTICS:



Height:
  18 Inches
Spread:
  18-24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple-blue shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Midsummer
  Late summer
  Early fall
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Prairie
  Cottage
  Formal
  Rock Garden
  Eclectic

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Mini Blue’


English Lavender

USDA Zone: 5-9

Lavender is actually a low-growing shrub, native to the Mediterranean region. The fragrant flowers and foliage make it a favourite for herb gardens and in the perennial border. This compact selection has grey-green foliage and features spikes of vivid blue. Prune lightly in early spring, if required, no harder than 4 inches. Lavender MUST have good drainage in order to avoid root rot problems. Will also grow fine in tubs or containers, but in colder regions the plants may then need shelter for the winter.


Lavandula angustifolia ‘Mini Blue’


Optimal Growing
Conditions
Appearance and
Characteristics

Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
  Acid
Soil Moisture
  Dry
Care Level
  Easy
Flower Colour
  Purple
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
  Late Summer
Foliage Color
  Grey Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Attracts Butterflies
  Border
  Containers
  Culinary
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Dried Flower
  Drought Tolerant
  Edging
  Rabbit Resistant
  Evergreen
  Fragrant
  Massed
Flower Head Size
  Medium
Height
   25-30 cm
   10-12 inches
Spread
   30-35 cm
   12-14 inches( from Perennials.com)

Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso'





Walters Gardens, Inc.
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Common Name: Lavender-English
Plump, violet-blue flower spikes fill the air with their sweet fragrance. 'Grosso' is a cross between L. angustifolia and L. latifolia and is a larger plant overall than these species. Its long flower stems make this variety especially good for use in bouquets.

L. intermedia tends to bloom a bit later in the summer than other lavenders with a possible repeat bloom towards fall. These hybrids were first developed in France for use in perfumes and essential oils.
Lavender has been grown for centuries for its intensely fragrant flowers and beautiful appearance. It is a staple item of every sunny garden, and its dried flowers are widely used in potpourris and arrangements.
Origin: Not Native to North America (From Walter's Gardens inc)