Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia 'Imperial Gem'

Lavender - Lavandula angustifolia  'Imperial Gem'

Common Name: Lavender
Genus: Lavandula
Species: angustifolia
Cultivar: 'Imperial Gem'

The word Lavandula is derived from the Latin for ‘wash’; a reference to how the Greeks and Romans would use these plants as a herbal additive in their bathing water.

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple
Foliage Colour: Grey/SilverFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

A compact bushy variety of English Lavender which is covered with masses of tightly packed rich purple flowers in summer. These contrast beautifully with the silver-grey foliage. Because of its neat compact form this is an excellent variety to create low hedges in cottage or formal gardens. The flowers are loved by bees and they are good for cutting and drying.

Other Features: The aromatic flowers and leaves can be used for making pot-pourri.

Garden Care: Cut back the stalks after the flowers have faded. Carefully trim back in April taking care not to cut into old wood


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