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. See here for the differences between Lavender and Lavandin.
The smaller lavenders come in a range of flower and foliage colours and make excellent hedging plants – such as the pink, ‘Miss Katherine’, the dwarf white ‘Alba’, the popular dark blue ‘Hidcote’ and our favourite ‘Folgate’. They tend to start showing colour in mid June.
The taller hybrid lavandin plants, such as ‘Grosso’ or ‘Edelweiss’, are in flower from mid July into August and can make impressive specimens in large pots.
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.
Please note: Lavender plants are available only from the farm shop. If particular quantities of a specific variety are required, please just ask and we would be happy to help.