Lavandula × intermedia 'Grosso'
- 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.
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Q:How far should they be cut back? mine seem to have suffered this winterAsked on 3/4/2013 by cyberbabe from Ealing London
If they are young plants, they can be cut back quite hard as this will encourage bushy growth. Older plants however resent being cut back into old stems, and will often not recover, so these plants should just receive a light trim. If you have older plants that are starting to look tired, then they are best replaced.Answered on 3/6/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:What can I plant in a Mediterranean style garden?
I want give my garden a Mediterranean look but I do not know what to plant. Could you please help?Asked on 3/29/2005 by email@example.com
A:There are quite a few plants that we sell on the website which will give you a mediterranean feel to your garden - here are some of the best any of the Kniphofias http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=kniphofia any of the Euphorbias http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=euphorbia Yucca filamentosa http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=yucca+fil Stipa tenuissima http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1000000022&CategoryID= any of the Eryngiums http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=eryngium any of the Sedum spectabile http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=sedum+spect any of the Bergenias http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=bergenia Erigeron http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=erigeron Brachyglottis compacta Sunshine http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4376&CategoryID= Convolvulus cneorum http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=940&CategoryID= Phlomis italica http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=phlomis Lavandula x intermedia Dutch Group http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4046&CategoryID= Festuca glauca http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=Festuca+glauc&x=12&y=10Answered on 3/30/2005 by Crocus
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