French Lavender

Lavandula 'Rocky Road' (PBR)

French Lavender - Lavandula  'Rocky Road'  (PBR)

Common Name: French Lavender
Genus: Lavandula
Cultivar: 'Rocky Road' (PBR)

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: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife, Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

A stunning new French Lavender with grey-green aromatic leaves and fat flower heads studded with tiny purple flowers from which delicate pink upright flags emerge like butterfly wings and flutter in the breeze. It has a compact upright habit which makes it particularly good for small gardens. It looks wonderful planted en masse in a protected sunny border where its heady fragrance can be enjoyed or in a container. Like most French Lavenders it is earlier flowering than its English cousins but associates well with them if you want to prolong the season of lavender in your garden. The flower-spikes are also a magnet for bees and other nectar-loving insects. In frost-prone areas it is best grown in a large container and over-wintered indoors.

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


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