Chris Mulder, Barn Owl Nursery 

 

Winter is a perfect time to start planning a lavender garden. Lavenders can be planted alone, or different varieties of lavender can be grown together. Lavender plants can also be combined with other annual and perennial plants that like the same growing conditions to create a colorful and fragrant landscape that will attract bees and pollinating insects.  

 

Most English lavenders, Lavandula angustifolia varieties, are hardy and will survive winters in the Pacific Northwest.  There are over 100 different named cultivars available! Within this large group of lavenders there is a wide range of plant sizes and flower colors.  There are lavenders that bloom with light violet to dark violet-blue flowers, and several pink and white flowering varieties that will add beauty, contrast and fragrance to the garden.  With so many varieties, it is possible to grow and enjoy a selection of lavenders with different bloom times that range from late spring into the summer and early fall.  

 

All lavenders need to be planted in full sun and in soil that drains very well. They should be planted at least three feet apart to allow them to dry out between rains.  English lavenders can be enjoyed for many years if they are planted in these ideal conditions and pruned well at least once each year.


In this newsletter, some of the most popular English lavender plants are listed in categories, by their cultivar name, flower color and bloom time.  This will serve as a guide to help you select different cultivars to grow in your landscape. Different lavender plants will be featured, along with additional information, in the OLA monthly newsletters throughout the year.

 

Contact local lavender farms and nurseries in your area to find out which lavender plants are the hardiest to grow in your climate.  Plan now and include some of these lovely lavender plants in your landscape this year!

English lavenders – Darkest Flowering Varieties

 

The buds and flowers from all of these lavenders can be used fresh or dried to flavor foods and beverages and for bouquets, floral arrangements and crafts, or they can be distilled into lavender essential oil to use in many lavender products.

 

English Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia

Cultivar                     Flower Color          Height           Stem Length

Avice Hill                   dark violet                20-24”             10-12”

Betty’s Blue               dark violet                18-20”             10-12”

Buena Vista               bright violet             18-24”             10-12”  

Elizabeth                    dark violet                20-24”             12-14”

Folgate                        bright violet              20-24”            10-12”

French Fields           bright violet             20-24”            12-14”

Hidcote                       dark violet                 18-20”             8 -10”

Imperial Gem          dark violet               18-20”            10-12”

Maillette                     bright violet             20-24”            12-14”

Mitcham Gray          dark violet              18-20”             10-12”

Munstead                   bright violet              18-20”              8-10”

Pacific Blue               bright violet             20-24”            10-12”

Pastor’s Pride          bright violet            15-18”               8-10”

Peter Pan                   dark violet               15-18”               8-10”

Rebecca Kay             dark violet               20-24”            12-14”

Royal Purple            dark violet               20-24”            12-15”

Royal Velvet             dark violet               20-24”            10-14”

Sharon Roberts      dark violet           20-24”            10-12”

Tucker’s Early Purple dark violet 20-24”          10-12”

Twickel Purple        bright violet           20-24”            12-15”