A frequent dilemma we encounter here at Roger’s Gardens is this: A guest would like to either buy a replacement lavender or simply wants to add lavender to their garden.
The question then, is this; Which lavender would you like?
While just about everyone imagines making their garden look like this:
The reality is usually a little different.
Few have the space and (…ahem) ambition, to pull off acres of three foot plus tall lavender rows like these but you can create a little bit of Provence with some lavender know-how.
There are English, French, Spanish & Egyptian lavender varieties and within these types are many hybrids that deepen this ever widening canyon of lavender-scented choice heaven. Also confusing? That none of them actually are from the country they are commonly known for.
English (lavandula angustifolia) lavender is widely considered the most fragrant. Heresy? Perhaps but “It is what it is”, as the kids say. Its fragrance is known the world over for sachets and aromatherapy oils. Angustifolia varieties (and there are many) vary in size from 12”tall to over 3 feet. Choose the variety you like for its height and space in your garden.
French (lavandula dentata) is, for me, the easiest to recognize and while it can be used for cooking, it’s best appreciated for its long bloom time.
Spanish (lavandula stoechas) has the most recognizable flower because of its “bunny ear” look and best appreciated for its ability to withstand our more humid weather and less forgiving (clay) soils.
And then there’s Egyptian (lavandula multifida), always catching our customer’s eye with its lacy, frilly look.
There are many, many other lavender varieties but this is just an overview to help guide you.
Sometimes when you’re trying to match a plant for your garden, we’ll ask which type of lavender you have and this can assist you with identifying, as well.
Lavender need sandy, well draining soil and watering about once a week, letting them dry out slightly in between waterings.