Lavandula angustifolia is thought to be the true English Lavender, and it is an excellent plant for low informal hedging, or featuring as a fragrant garden highlight.
Few of us could ever be without the perfume pleasure of English Lavender, or the rich intensity of it’s true lavender colour.
You just can’t resist the temptation to pick some flowers or foliage every time you pass, rub it in your hands, and drink in the scent. (The plant won’t mind – they love being trimmed).
Lavandula angustifolia grow to approx. 45 to 60cm tall, making it perfect for low garden hedges, or trimming into decorative balls.
It is also useful in the kitchen for cooking, potpourri, and in vases of cut flowers.
It flowers around mid-summer, with a rich sweet scent highly attractive to bees as well as to us gardeners.
Lavandula angustifolia relishes a position in Full Sun, where it can really ripen its flowers and intensify the essential oils.
It will tolerate acid soil, but really thrives in alkaline soils.
So make sure you treat it with a handful of lime twice a year.
And it will hate you if you put it in a heavy or waterlogged spot.
Lavandula angustifolia is a very water-wise choice for gardeners with limited water.
It is drought resistant, heat and frost hardy.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Sow winter to late spring or sow in late summer to autumn.
INDOORS: Sow in punnets on the surface of a well-drained, seed raising mix.
First – briefly, gently rub seeds between sheets fine sandpaper to allow moisture to more easily penetrate the hard seed surface.
Then sow seed on the surface of good quality seed raising mix. Press gently. Barely cover with mix as the seeds need light to germinate.
Keep punnet moist in warm, well-lit place.
Temperatures of 18- 20°C approx. are optimum for fast germination.
Seedlings emerge in 21-30 days.
If the seeds are shy to break dormancy and emerge – then cling-wrap punnet and place in the fridge (not freezer) for 3 weeks.
Then remove from fridge, unwrap punnet & return to warm, well-lit place. Keep moist.