Lavandula 'Helmsdale' (PBR)
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to July
- Flower colour: burgundy purple
- Other features: the aromatic flowers and leaves can be used for making pot-pourri
- Hardiness: borderline hardy (may need winter protection)
Compact bushy shrub with aromatic grey-green leaves and broad spikes of fragrant burgundy purple flowers topped by purple bracts. This gorgeous French lavender makes a neat, compact edging for a sunny path or border. In frost-prone areas, grow in a container and over-winter in a cool greenhouse or conservatory.
- 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:Growing plants for a wedding
Dear Crocus, I am a very happy customer ..... I love your site, plants and service. I learnt about you first from Arabella Lennox-Boyd. But now I am writing for some advice please. My sister is getting married in Oxfordshire on the last weekend of May. I would love to grow the flowers for the wedding. I have a big garden with empty beds and a green house at my disposal. Could you give me some advice on types of cut flowers that would be in bloom at the end of May? Some pointers as a place to start my research and buying would be fantastic. Thank you very much, Best wishes, KateAsked on 1/8/2010 by Kate Olivia Higginbottom
A:Thank you so much Helen - amazing! I'll send you photos of the finished results. Best wishes and thanks again, KateAnswered on 1/8/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello Kate, It will be a little hit and miss as a lot will depend on the weather, but the following plants should be in flower around that time. Choisya ternata
Osmanthus x burkwoodii
Viburnum x carlcephalum
http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.paeonia/ Euphorbia palustris
and if we have a hot start to the summer a couple of roses or some of the earlier lavenders may have started too. I hope this gives you lots of ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 1/8/2010 by Kate Olivia Higginbottom
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