The Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) and the hybrid Lavandula x intermedia (Lavandin) varieties are all extremely hardy in the UK. They prefer to grow in full sun, in free-draining soil that is neutral to slightly alkaline.
English-grown plants are available from the farm shop from early May (as soon as there is no risk of frost damaging the young flower buds) until the end of the lavender season in early August.
It is important to purchase only UK bred Lavender plants to avoid coming into contact with damaging diseases such as Xylella from foreign plants (read about Xylella here).
The smaller lavenders come in a range of flower and foliage colours and make excellent hedging plants.
We currently have the Lavender blue ‘Little Lady’ and dark blue ‘Imperial Gem’, pretty butterfly ‘Lavandula stoechas’, large pots of traditional rich blue ‘Twickel Purple’ and lovely white Lavender ‘Alba’. They tend to start showing colour in mid June, although stoechas flowers earlier from May.
We also have the taller hybrid lavandin plants, such as ‘Grosso’, which are in flower from mid July into August and can make impressive specimens in large pots.
See here for the differences between Lavender and Lavandin.
Annual pruning, preferably immediately after flowering, is essential to maintain the form of the bushes and to prevent woodiness which shortens their life. Lavenders can be expected to live for at least 12 – 15 years in the right conditions.
Lavender plants are available only from the farm shop, when in season. If particular quantities or a specific variety are required, please call the shop team to check availability on 01959 523219 and we would be happy to help.