Lavandula stoechas | French lavender
The scent of lavender is perhaps one of the most evocative and best-loved floral fragrances.
In the garden, lavender is a low-maintenance evergreen shrub that brings many benefits, from the masses of beautiful flowers in shades of purple or white to the silvery grey-green foliage. Lavender is loved by wildlife, attracting bees, butterflies and more. They are easily distinguished in appearance, thanks to the distinctive tufted bracts at the top of each flower and grey serrated foliage.
Cut back the stalks after the flowers have faded. Carefully trim back in April, taking care not to cut into old wood.
· Full sun
· Moderately fertile, well-drained soil
· Average rate of growth
· Flowers July to September