Melissa Lilac Lavender Plants

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Misc Shrub, Wildlife Value
Shade Full Sun
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas
Soil Well Drained, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Colour Lilac
Type Evergreen, Hedging, Pot Grown
Also Good Fragrant, Repeat Flowering
Flowering Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Lavandula angustifolia Melissa Lilac

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Lavandula angustifolia Melissa Lilac Hedge Plants

Melissa Lilac English lavender is a low-growing, evergreen scented shrub with powdery pale lilac flowers. It's hardy and a good grower on most well-drained soils, clipping to a nice neat, rounded shape for year-round structure in the garden. The flowers, on elegant spikes, open from rich purple buds to lilac-mauve, creating a lovely two-tone effect. These are hugely attractive to bees and butterflies. Great for summer colour and scent, as well as evergreen winter interest.

The plants on this page are ideal for planting as low hedging, or as year-round structure in flower beds, borders and pots. You can browse our full range of lavender varieties here.

Delivery season: This is weather dependent. At present we expect to have plants ready from the end of April onwards, but if the weather is cold dates can slip into May. There is nothing to be gained from trying to plant lavender out before nighttime temperatures rise consistently as the shock simply sets it back, and it establishes more slowly and flowers less well than lavender planted when everything is warmer. The smallest lavenders, in P9 pots, are never shipped before May in any event. If you are not happy with these potentially uncertain timings, please order elsewhere: we guarantee our plants and like to see them do well...

Choosing a size: Small plants are cheaper and overall more convenient for hedges unless instant impact is your priority. If you are buying only a few plants for ornamental use, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).

Features:

  • Evergreen.
  • Mauve perfumed summer flowers, rounded year-round structure.
  • Hardy to -15C.
  • Well-drained soil in full sun.
  • Lovely scented hedging that attracts bees.
  • Max. Height: 60cm
  • Perfect for pollinators

Growing Melissa Lilac Lavender

Lavender will grow in most well-drained sites, but actively thrives in poor, sharply drained soil. It hates to sit in waterlogged soil over winter and will respond accordingly. If you garden on heavy soil, dig in plenty of horticultural grit or sharp sand before planting to counteract the wet and improve friability. All manner of pots and containers work well for lavender, terracotta being ideal as it dries out quickly in the sun. If planting in borders or as a hedge, it's wise to wait until your soil is warm, in April or May, or lavender can prove slow to get going. All varieties demand a spot in full sun, where they will perform to their best, filling the air with their scent and attracting bees and other pollinators to their summer flower spikes.

Pruning is critical with lavender, or you'll end up with leggy, brittle specimens a few years down the line. Immediately after flowering, in August or September, use sharp secateurs to prune off all the flower spikes and more, cutting back into the main section by about a third. This method will give you new, vibrant green growth before winter sets in, and a lovely shape to look at over the colder months. Expect around 30cm of new growth each year, and a 90-100cm tall mature shrub when in flower.

Spacing a Melissa Lilac hedge: Plant at 3 plants per metre, 33cm apart, for a really nice tight hedge as quickly as possible. You can definitely get away with a 45cm spacing without reducing the fullness noticeably, given a few more years to mature.

Good in your garden

In pots, as a hedge or in beds and borders, lavender is a summer favourite and all-time classic for a relaxed cottage-garden feel. It's hugely popular with bees and other pollinators, so it will bring in plenty of beneficial insects to pollinate elsewhere in the garden. Used to line a pathway, its charms are undeniable: every time you brush past, that heady lavender scent is released from both foliage and flowers, at the same time softening the edges of that path. As an alternative to box or yew, it's a great shrub for creating a parterre or knot garden, as it responds well to tight clipping after flowering.

In combination with other summer-flowering perennials in a cottage-garden setting, lavender partners well with all kinds of shrub roses, heat-loving salvias, hardy geraniums, and other silvery-leaved sun worshippers such as Stachys and Artemesia. For a sublimely relaxing scene, create a Mediterranean garden of mounded shapes by combining in drifts with cotton lavender (its cute yellow buttons are a wonderful contrast to lavender's airy flower spikes), other darker lavender varieties (Melissa Lilac's powdery mauve flowers look stunning alongside deep purple Hidcote, for example), rosemary and thyme; it's the perfect planting solution for a dry, sunny spot on sharply drained soil.

Did you know?

This variety was bred in New Zealand and registered under the name/code dow4.

The best place to see lavender growing en masse is in Provence, southern France. Here it's big business, and is harvested from July to August for essential oils used in cosmetics, soaps and perfumes. 10ml of essential lavender oil sells for around £6 in the UK. The best-known region is probably the Valensole Plateau, whose lavender fields contrast with sunflowers and wheat in peak season, against a backdrop of picturesque lakes, historical villages and churches.

Essential lavender oil from the Haute-Provence is a certified product with AOP status. The most common varieties grown there are 'true' wild lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ssp. angustifolia), which is most commonly used in aromatherapy as well as for its antibacterial properties, and lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia), a larger variety, the result of a cross between angustifolia and latifolia lavenders. This has double the flowerheads and so double the oil of single-stemmed angustifolia varieties. It's also the scent that most people associate with lavender, being the one that goes into lavender bags.

These days lavender is used in an unbelievably wide range of edible products, from teas to honey, chutney, ice-cream, chocolate and fudge.

Until recently, lavender fields had all but disappeared from the UK landscape. However, a recent resurgence in interest means we can now see acres of lavender in bloom, mainly in Kent, the Cotswolds and Norfolk. It's almost like being in Haute-Provence...

Flowers & Bees: From June to August, plants produce dense spikes of pale lilac, open-lipped, perfumed flowers, a little larger and more open than a lot of varieties. These are pollinated by bees and butterflies; it's an RHS Plants for Pollinators listed shrub.

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