Lavandula angustifolia 'Imperial Gem'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Flower colour: rich purple
- Other features: the aromatic flowers and leaves can be used for making pot-pourri
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A compact, bushy variety of English Lavender which is covered with masses of tightly packed, rich purple flowers in summer. These contrast beautifully with the silver-grey foliage. Because of its neat, compact form, this is an excellent variety to create low hedges in cottage or formal gardens. The flowers are loved by bees, and they are good for cutting and drying.
- Garden care: Cut back the stalks after the flowers have faded. Carefully trim back in April, taking care not to cut into old wood
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Q:Which Lavenderis best for border edging and what size plants?
Hi I am at the moment pulling out some very shabby Lavender which was edging two borders. I would like to replace them but I am not sure which would be the best variety to use (I inherited them with the house and can't tell what they were). I would also appreciate some advice on how far apart to plant them and whether it would be better to buy the bigger more mature plants or samller plants? Thanks in advance for any guidance you can give me. KatieAsked on 9/27/2009 by Katie Waddington
A:Hello Katie, All Lavenders do well as hedging, but as the angustifolias are hardier, I would opt for this type. If you want a taller hedge and you don't mind being a little patient, then I would opt for the smaller pots of Lavandula angustifolia. If however you want a more compact hedge, then L. angustifolia Munstead or L. angustifolia Hidcote would be a better option. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/28/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Which Lavender will grow in a pot?
I would be so grateful if you could help me. I am trying to buy an 82 year old lady some sweet smelling lavender for a birthday present. she only has a balcony, so it would have to live in a pot. Do you have anything suitable?Asked on 7/5/2005 by Ruth Inglefield
A:We do sell some lovely lavenders on our site and they all do well in pots provided they are kept well watered. The best are probably the more compact forms such as the following (you can click on the links below the names to go straight to them) Hidcote http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/lavenders/lavandula-angustifolia-hidcote/classid.2000010501/ Imperial Gem http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/mediterranean-plants/lavandula-angustifolia-imperial-gem/classid.2000008657/ Munstead http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/lavenders/lavandula-angustifolia-munstead/classid.2000002724/Answered on 7/6/2005 by Crocus
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