Lavandula Tiara = 'Fair 10' (PBR)
If you have a new garden, a little dull and bereft of plants or wildlife, plant this is pots and every nectar-collector in the vicinity will gladly alight on your patio door adding an extra sensory dimension to the garden
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to July
- Flower colour: blue with creamy-white flags
- Other features: highly aromatic flowers and leaves which can be used for making pot-pourri
- Hardiness: borderline hardy (may need protection in colder areas)
Unusual spikes of large blue flowerheads topped with creamy-white flags throughout spring and summer, and aromatic silvery-grey leaves. An exciting new introduction to the French lavender range which has a compact yet upright habit, making it perfect for all gardens and in particular patio pots.
As it's borderline hardy it is best grown in a container in colder areas of the country and should be over-wintered in a cool greenhouse or conservatory.
- Garden care: Cut back the stalks after the flowers have faded. Avoid early spring pruning as flowers will be delayed. Keep dry during the winter
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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 8/1/2010 by Kate Olivia Higginbottom
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 8/1/2010 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 8/1/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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