Phenomenal Lavender Plants

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General Info Wildlife Value
Shade Full Sun
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas
Soil Well Drained, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Colour Purple
Type Evergreen, Hedging, Pot Grown
Ornamental Fragrant, Repeat Flowering
Flowering Jul, Aug

Lavandula intermedia Phenomenal

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Lavandula angustifolia Phenomenal Hedge Plants

Phenomenal lavender is a low-growing, evergreen perfumed shrub with beautiful violet-purple flowers. It's tough, hardy and a successful grower on most well-drained soils, and prunes to a good rounded shape bringing structure throughout the seasons. The densely packed flowers are held on long spikes, on a bush that's a little taller than most lavender varieties, but without the tendency to flop that many of the bigger bushes have. The flowers are deeply perfumed, with the classic lavandin scent of pot pourri and soap; they're also a magnet for bees and butterflies. Also of note: this lavender flowers early, in late spring; if cut back without delay after, it will give a second flush in late summer. So it's perfect for spring and 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 hedge use, 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.
  • Violet-blue perfumed spring and summer flowers, mounding year-round structure.
  • Hardy to -15C.
  • Well-drained soil in full sun.
  • Striking scented hedging that attracts bees.
  • Max. Height: 75cm
  • Perfect for pollinators

Growing Phenomenal Lavender

Lavender needs well-drained soil to thrive, and there's no need for soil improvers such as compost or manure, as this Mediterranean native prefers poor, sharply drained, rather rocky soil. It abhors waterlogged conditions, especially over winter. So if you garden on heavy soil or clay, dig in lots of horticultural grit or sharp sand before planting to improve drainage. Failing that, lavender is happy in all kinds of pots and containers on a sunny patio. If you're planting lavender as a hedge or as single specimens in borders, wait until April or May when the soil is warm to plant; it will be slow to get going otherwise. All varieties of lavender need full sun, where they will fill the air with their unmistakeable scent, attracting a host of bees and other pollinators to their open, nectar-rich flowers.

A canny pruning regime is vital to avoid leggy, brittle plants after a few years. Once Phenomenal has finished flowering, in early summer, prune off all the flower spikes. Do it without delay and this brilliant variety will reward you with more flowers in late summer. After this second flowering, you should cut it back hard, this time into the main section by about a third. New green growth will then cover the shrub before winter, giving you a lovely rounded verdant shrub until spring. Expect around 30cm of new growth each year, and a 1m tall mature shrub when in flower.

Spacing a Phenomenal hedge: Plant at 45cm apart, for a really nice tight hedge as quickly as possible. You can get away with a 60cm spacing without reducing the fullness noticeably, given a few more years to mature.

Good in your garden

If you're a fan of bees, butterflies, scent and colour, you'll love lavender. It's a top cottage-garden plant, bringing in pollinators and filling the warm summer air with its clean, crisp, slightly camphorous scent, redolent of holidays in the south of France. And Phenomenal has the added bonus of being an early bloomer, giving a second flush of flowers in late summer. It's a tall lavender, so give it space in borders and room in containers. Use it to edge a wide pathway, where you can brush past and release that stunning scent. Or plant as a low-growing evergreen hedge around a box knot garden, en masse with other varietes and colours of lavender, or in a gravel garden or borders, combined with cottage-garden perennials such as roses (pale pink looks particularly lovely with purple lavender), hardy geraniums, salvias and the like.

For a more contemporary feel, you can use lavenders in block planting to create a chequerboard effect. Try this with rich claret purple berberis, clipped low and neat, or with alternating squares of a white lavender such as Arctic White.

Did you know?

Intermedia lavender is a sterile hybrid, a cross between latifolia and angustifolia lavenders, and is also known as lavandin. This variety was bred in Pennsylvania, USA, by Lloyd and Candy Traven of Peace Tree Farm, and was registered under the name Niko.

Lavandula x intermedia is the larger variety of lavender. It has twice the number of flowerheads of 'true' wild lavender (angustifolia) so double the oil too. It's the scent most people associate with lavender, most often used in lavender bags, soaps and other cosmetics. It's more camphorous than the angustifolia types, so less successful in cookery.

It was the Romans who brought lavender to Britain, making use of its powerful scent and antiseptic qualities for washing themselves and their clothes. The height of lavender's popularity here came in the 19th century, when soaps, salts and perfumes made from lavender oil were all the rage. Entrepreneurs established lavender farms across England, particularly around Mitcham in Surrey and Hitchin, in Hertfordshire, where the soil and climate are particularly in tune with lavender's needs.

Although popular with all kinds of bees and butterflies, bumblebees are more frequent visitors to lavender flowers than honey bees. This is all down to the length of different bees' tongues. The long tubular flowers make it trickier for those short of tongue, so the honey bee is at a disadvantage, as it has to force its head right into each flower, making the process of nectar extraction much more time consuming. Bumbles have it easier, as their longer tongues are better adapted to deeper flower tubes.

Flowers & Bees: In late May, then again in August, plants produce a dense covering of violet-blue, open-lipped, scented flowers on long spikes. These are pollinated by bees and butterflies.

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    £75.00

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