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Thank you for purchasing caper plants from Morningsun Herb Farm. Our nursery stock is produced from seed collected from stock plants grown at our nursery. The capers are between 6 months and one year old, with young but well developed roots. We find that plants at this age transplant well with little shock. Read more

LAVENDER SIMPLIFIED

LAVENDER SIMPLIFIED 
I always wonder why no matter how many beautiful lavender varieties we grow, most customers choose Grosso, Provence, or Hidcote Blue.   Yesterday, I wandered through our lavender section, and I found myself completely confused as far as which variety had what color flower and what was the height and when did it bloom, and why did I have so many??   Well, no wonder everyone looks so lost in that part of the nursery!   That is when I thought ‘I need a table!’
Currently, there are 38 different lavenders that we carry at Morningsun.   It is one of those plants that everyone should have in their gardens, there are so many choices!   I hope this table helps you add some beautiful new additions to your fall garden.   For lavenders especially, September and October are the best time to plant, with plenty of time for root systems to be established so the plants are ready to put on a flush of growth as soon as the longer days of spring approach.
The lavender table includes the name of the lavender, flower color, calyx color, height, foliage color, flowering time and a few notes.   Name is given by botanical name, since just calling something lavender will not get you very far at Morningsun.   All lavenders that are Lavandula angustifolia are true English lavenders.   Note that these tend to bloom earlier, be shorter, and have darker flowers.   The flowers remain on the stem so they are better choices for crafting.   And the flavor and fragrance is sweet, best for desserts and sweets like ice cream, jelly, cookies, tea, scones and other sweets.   Lavandula x intermedia are hybrids, or lavandins, that tend to be larger and bloom later.   Some are good for crafting, but some ‘shatter’, where the flowers easily come off the stem, making them better for potpourri.   They aren’t as deeply colored as the English lavenders, and their flavor and fragrance are stronger and can be a little ‘soapy’.   The lavandins are used in ‘Herbes de Provence’ blends, useful for savory foods.   Lavandula stoechas is commonly called Spanish lavender, not used for culinary purposes, but great for early bloom.   And Lavandula dentata is French lavender, also used for landscaping.
For anyone interested in crafting with lavender, one of the most important attributes of the flower is the calyx color.   While the corolla, or flower petals, are noticed first, the important part is the color of the calyx, which is the small, ‘nubby’ end of the flower that is attached onto the stem, and hold the flower petals.   This is the most fragrant part of the flower, and the very dark violet and purple calyces are very desirable for crafting.    A few of the lavender varieties, such as ‘Silver Frost’ and ‘Ana Luisa’ have silvery white calyces, which can be great fun to craft with.
We will add to this table as more lavenders are available at the nursery.   We hope this helps your shopping experience!

If you are having trouble viewing the table below, click here >> LAVENDER TABLE

NAME

HT.

FLOWER COLOR

CALYX COLOR

FOLIAGE COLOR

BLOOM TIME

USES

NOTES

Lavandula angustifolia

Bleu de collines

18″

dark blue

violet

green

summer

fresh, dried

very elegant long spikes, extremely dark flower

Betty Blue

18″

violet

blue

green/grey

May-June

fresh, dried, culinary

a favorite for drying and crafting

Blue Cushion

16″

deep blue

purple

green/grey

May-Sept

fresh, culinary

great for pots, front of border, reblooms with deadheading,dwarf

Croxton’s Wild

24″

blue/lavender

purple

green/grey

May-July

fresh

closest to the ‘wild’ type of lavender

Edelweiss

24″

white

green

green

May-July

fresh, culinary

very sweet fragrance, unusual in garden

Elizabeth

24″

deep purple

deep purple

green/grey

May-July

fresh, dried, culinary

big spikes, compact grower, lovely for arrangements

Folgate

18″

violet

dark purple

green

May-July

fresh, dried, oil,culinary

short and sturdy, nice green foliage, compact

Hidcote Blue

18″

violet

dk purple

green

April-June;fall

fresh, dried, culinary

super sturdy, long lived, takes to heavy shearing, fave for cooks

Jean Davis

18″

pink

lavender/green

green

May-July

fresh, culinary

short, lovely pink, very dense flower heads

Maillette

18″

light lavender

lavender

green/grey

June-July

fresh, oil

average in looks but superior for essential oil

Munstead

16″

med purple

purple

green

May-July; fall

fresh, dried, culinary

great for long lived hedges, great in containers

Royal Velvet

24″

blue/violet

dark violet

green

June-July

fresh, dried

stunning color, great contrast with foliage, very sweet

Tuscan Violet

36″

deep blue

violet

grey

May-July

fresh, dried

large and very robust English type, very drought tolerant

Twickel Purple

30″

lavender

violet

green/grey

May-July

fresh, dried, culinary

lovely flower bunches for fresh and dry use, very upright

Victorian Amethyst

24″

violet

purple

silver grey

June-July

fresh, dried

sturdy, dense silver foliage

Violet Intrigue

24″

violet

dark violet

green/grey

May-July

fresh, dried

stunning flower bunches, great for crafting

Lavandula x intermedia

Abrialli

30″

purple

dark purple grey

grey

June-Sept

fresh, dried, oil

Classic look, stunning in bloom, great for crafting

Bogong

30″

lavender

purple grey

grey

June-Aug

fresh, dried

Very sturdy, compact foliage, very drought tolerant

Dutch

40″

light lavender

grey

grey/green

June-Sept

fresh, dried

very long, wispy flower spikes, large plants

Fat Spike Grosso

24″

dark violet

purple grey

green/grey

May-July; fall

fresh, dried

Always blooms twice, one of the showiest intermedia selections

Fragrant Memories

24″

light lavender

lavender grey

grey

May-July

fresh, dried

Intensely fragrant, fat flower heads

Grappenhall

48″

light lavender

lavender grey

grey

June-Sept

fresh, dried

Big big plant, makes a tall hedge or barrier

Grosso

30″

violet

violet grey

grey

June-Aug

fresh, dried, oil

classic, oil production, a favorite for drying, wreathmaking

Marge Clark

24″

lavender

lavender grey

grey

June-Aug

fresh, dried

very sturdy, medium size, very compact grower

Phenomenal

30″

dark violet

violet grey

grey

May-Sept

fresh, dried, culinary

lovely in bloom; will take rainier areas and very cold/snow

Provence

36″

light lavender

grey

grey

June-Sept;fall

fresh, dried, culinary

Used for cooking; flowers ‘shatter’, so it is good for potpourri

Scottish Cottage

18″

light purple

lavender grey

grey

June-Sept

fresh, dried

Short and stout, great specimen in containers

Super

40″

dark violet

purple grey

grey

June-Aug

fresh, dried

Really big, plump blooms. Pretty in arrangements, lav wands

Lavandula stoechas

Blueberry Ruffles

20″

blue violet

green

March-May; fall

landscaping

deep color, early bloom for bees; compact

Otto Quast

24″

purple violet

green/grey

March-May; fall

landscaping

classic Spanish lavender, with intense fat flowers

Silver Anouk

24″

deep purple.

silver white

March-May; fall

landscaping

deep flowers are stunning against silver white leaves; drought tol

Sugarberry Ruffles

18″

bright pink

green

March-May; fall

landscaping

cheery and unusual pink; very compact

Lavandula dentata

48″

lavender

green

year round

landscaping

robust grower; prune heavy to continue bloom;

Lavandula x heterophylla

48″

lavender

lavender grey

green/grey

year round

landscaping

very elegant, very large, piney lavender scent

Lavandula pinnata

24″

deep purple

green

Mar-Nov

landscaping

not hardy; smells like lemon! Shade tolerant, hummingbird plant

Lavandula ‘Ana Luisa’

24″

dark violet

silver white

silver/white

June-Aug

landscaping, drying

very drought tolerant, extremely showy in bloom

Lavandula ‘Richard Grey’

18″

purple

grey

silver/white

June-Aug

landscaping, drying

very drought tolerant, extremely showy in bloom

Lavandula ‘Silver Frost’

30″

dark purple

fuzzy white

white

June-Aug

landscaping, drying

drought tolerant, showy, great for drying for crafting

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