Pale pink buds open to snowy white blooms. Compact 2-3 foot shrubs have needle-like green foliage. Very fragrant. Plant in a dry sunny site.
Height: 2 feet, 3 feet with bloom
Hardiness: Perennial in Zones 5-11
Characteristics: Full Sun, Evergreen, Water Conserving
Uses: Dried Flower, Fragrant Ornamental
The English Lavender Hybrids, sometimes referred to as Lavandins; come in third in the bloom cycle, starting just as the the English Lavenders are finishing, and continuing to mid summer.
These are the workhorses of Lavender. They do it all: bloom lots, grow just the right size, and smell like a million bucks. Provence and Grosso are the best known of these, but there are many others, including Abriali, Fred Boutin, Dutch Mill, Grappenhall, Seal, Hidcote Giant, Edelweiss and White Grosso. These are the ones to line the drive or border the garden with.
The botanical name for the Lavandins is Lavandula x intermedia. The x means it is a cross with two plants. In this case, it is L. angustifolia and L. latifolia. The intermedia means that these crossed plants have qualities of both parents, or it is intermediate between them.
Lavandins have long gray leaves, twice or more the size of L. angustifolias. They also grow much larger and faster and are more adept at dealing with heat.
The intensely fragrant flowering stems can be harvested for fresh crafts like wreath making.