Lavandula × intermedia 'Grosso'

lavender

Grown across Provence, a billowing mound of dark-blue tapering flowers, held on long stems, splaying outwards in late summer and autumn above a close mound of foliage that can be shaped for winter interest.

Val Bourne - Garden Writer

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  • 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 long, slender stems, that are topped with clusters of vivid violet flowers between July and August, above mounds grey-green leaves. It makes a gorgeous, flowering, informal hedge, especially along a path, where its fabulous fragrance can best be appreciated. It works well in a Mediterranean garden, or clipped into a formal sphere for a contemporary look. The highly scented 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.

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Purple flowers large Grey-green leaves

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Salvia × sylvestris 'Mainacht'

sage (syn. Salvia May Night)

Large indigo-blue flowers

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Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue'

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Perovskia 'Blue Spire'

Russian sage

Violet-blue flowers and silvery foliage. Great planted en masse

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