Lavandula × intermedia 'Grosso'
- available to order from autumn
- 9cm pot
- 3 × 9cm pots
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: vigorous
- Flowering period: July to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This vigorous English lavender produces masses of slender spikes of vivid violet flowers between July and August, above grey-green leaves. It makes a gorgeous, flowering, informal hedge, especially along a path, where its fragrance can be appreciated. It works well in a Mediterranean garden, or clipped into a formal sphere for a contemporary look. The flower-spikes are also a magnet for bees and other nectar-loving insects.
- Garden care: Cut back the stalks after the flowers have faded to retain a compact shape. Carefully trim back in April, taking care not to cut into old wood.