French, Spanish and hybrid lavender
Short-lived and tender (French, Spanish and hybrid) lavenders are compact, shrubby little plants with strongly aromatic leaves. Popular for use as container plants and added to Mediterranean-style bedding schemes where they will flower between late spring to late summer.
They have soft, felty, grey-green leaves and long-lasting chunky flowers, many distinctively topped with ‘ear-like’ tufts of upright petals. Flower colours range from deep mauve-purple to pale violet, white and crimson-red. Plants grow in a range of heights from 40-90cm (16in-3ft).
A sheltered position in full sun is essential and the soil must drain freely. It will thrive in any hot spot in the garden or in containers.
Did you know?
Flowers have a distinctive sweet honey scent that is easily masked by the highly scented foliage and have long been grown for the fragrant oils used in perfumes.
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