LAVANDULA (LAVENDER) as a Hedgeplant
(E = evergreen)
The fragrant, grey-green lavender is ideal for informal, low hedges or those bordering paths or driveways. The foliage remains grey in winter. Purple or, rarely, pinkin July. The spiky flower stalks, which give the plant the appearance of a pin-cushion, should be clipped back with shears after flowering. Trim the hedge in March. Plant rooted cuttings in March or April 9 in. apart. Bought plants up to 9 or 10 in. high can be planted the same distance apart in March, or even during the winter in mild districts, although frost may then cause heavy-losses. Mulch with spent hops or leaf mould for the first year or two. The bushes tend to grow leggy, and their usefulness as hedge plants is short-lived.
Lavandula spica (old English lavender), 3 to 4 ft. Very sweet-smelling flowers in July.
L.s. Folgate, 1 to 1-1/2 ft., has very silvery-grey foliage and deep-coloured flowers in August.
L.s. Grappenhall, 3 ft., has large blue flowers.
L. vera, 2-1/2 ft., the so-called Dutch or French lavender, has broader foliage and long-lasting flowers.