Lavandula (Lavenders) – Popular Shrubs for the Garden
One of the most pleasant ways of growing that old garden favourite, the lavender, is to use it as a hedge, either as a low boundary hedge or an internal hedge to divide one part of the garden from another.
Lavenders, with their ever-grey leaves, associate well with other silvery or grey-leaved plants in the shrub or herbaceous border. A few separate plants in a broad paved area, planted in the space gained by removing a flagstone, looks very effective.
Lavandula spica is the Old English Lavender and there are several forms of it, of which Lavandula ‘Grappenhall Variety’ at about 3 feet, sometimes reaching 4 feet, is the tallest and ‘Beechwood Blue’ at less than 1 foot is about the shortest. This variety has of a good blue colour and there are others such as rosea with pink flowers and ‘Twickel Purple’ with deep purple blooms, as well as several other dwarfs at about 15 inches.
These dwarfs are particularly useful in very small gardens where the bigger kinds would look out of place.
Any well-drainedand sunny position suits the lavenders and it is all the better if the soil is really well-drained and on the dry side in summer.
Apart from thethe plants get when the stems are cut for drying or decoration, it is as well to trim them over in April, avoiding cutting into the old wood.
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