Lovely lavender! We planted this hedge in the spring of 2018 from plugs. This variety is ‘Munstead’ we also planted ‘Grosso’ at that same time. Two very different varieties! Grosso is the one on the left in the photo of dried lavender. As you can see it is a lovely almost steel blue with tight florets. It is also really tall with the flower stocks held well above the foliage. This makes it excellent for dried bunches but also very elegant in the garden. Munstead on the other hand is almost periwinkle blue, larger florets on a bushy shrub. It is the classic for oil and culinary uses and has an amazing scent. I loved how well this worked out so much I want to hedge our three large perennial flower plots like this. I estimated we likely need about 500 plants so decided to do these from seed. Three varieties - more mustead, and then also ‘Hidcote blue’ that will be similar to Munstead and as well a heritage english variety called ‘Vera’ that is very hearty and looks like it has a slightly pinky tone. Also great for oil! I got excellent germination, so expect to have some extras for sale at market in spring as well! Do you know that English lavender (all of our varieties) ‘lavandula augustifolia’ is the classic one grown in Provence, France and french lavender or ‘lavandula stoechas’ is not hearty and smells more of rosemary. To my eye it doesn’t even look like lavender at all! Do you have an interesting variety of lavender? My daughter is a huge fan of lavender jelly, it will be fun to test out which variety makes the best jelly!
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