Lavender is a popular plant. Understandable, because the wonderful scent of the leaves and flowers and the beautiful purple bloom turn every garden into a piece of France.
Varieties of lavender
The common or English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is not actually a herb, but a small shrub. The plant has been cultivated for centuries by pharmacists and in monastery gardens because of its medicinal properties. There are many varieties of the English lavender. Our favourites:
Lavendula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ is a purple bloomer and a strong plant. There is also a variety with flowers that bloom white and slowly turn to pink. This is Lavendula angustifolia ‘Hidcote Pink’. This plant grows to a height of 60 cm and has grey-green leaves.
Lavendula angustifolia ‘Munstead’ is really lavender blue. There are also white, violet and pink cultivars. This variety blooms beautifully, but does not smell as intense.
A beautiful white bloomer is the Lavendula angustifolia ‘Arctic snow’. The plant remains relatively low and is one of the few true white lavender varieties.
Lavendula angustifolia ‘Pacific Blue’ is a higher species whose flowers are very suitable for making oil. They smell like lavender is supposed to smell.
The lavender that grows in the south of France is the crested lavender Lavendula stoechas. This plant is sensitive to frost, but can withstand drought well. In the open ground it doesn’t even need to be watered! This plant thrives on acidic soil and liming is therefore not necessary.