Day 27 of the perennial plant challenge. Most lavenders will not bloom this fall, however planting lavender now will assure a deep root system in the spring and plenty of bloom in the summer. Lavandula angustifolia ‘Violet Intrigue’ is a lovely plant in the landscape, with long stems of thick, deep violet blooms. I am not sure why we planted an entire row of this variety of English lavender, but I am glad we did because we sell all of the fresh cut flowers every spring. I wish we had more of this to dry for wreathmaking, because it maintains the deep violet flower when dried also!
Growing to 2 1/2 feet tall, the dark green foliage is compact, with medium high flowering stems that are topped with big thick violet bule blooms. It is an earlier bloomer, usually in bloom by early June. Lavandula angustifolia ‘Violet Intrigue’ needs full sun in order to thrive, with excellent drainage. Add compost to your planting site, and plant on top of a mound to assure excellent drainage. Irrigate once a week, applying 1 to 1 1/2 gallons of water each week. Lavander needs very little fertilizer, usually once a year if growing in ground, or every 3 months if growing in large containers.
Besides being a terrific cut flower, Lavandula angustifolia
‘Violet Intrigue’ is very sweet, so using it for cooking and baking sweets, desserts, and drinks. It is an excellent medicinal plant, and one of the best and prettiest for crafting!