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!
NAME HEIGHT FLOWER COLOR CALYX COLOR FOLIAGE COLOR BLOOM TIME USES NOTES
Lavandula angustifolia
    Bleu de collines 18 inches dark blue violet green summer fresh, dried very elegant long spikes, extremely dark flower
    Betty Blue 18 inches violet blue green/grey May-June fresh, dried, culinary a favorite for drying and crafting
    Blue Cushion 16 inches deep blue purple green/grey May-Sept fresh, culinary great for pots, front of border, reblooms with deadheading,dwarf
    Croxton’s Wild 24 inches blue/lavender purple green/grey May-July fresh closest to the ‘wild’ type of lavender
    Edelweiss 24 inches white green green May-July fresh, culinary very sweet fragrance, unusual in garden
    Elizabeth 24 inches deep purple deep purple green/grey May-July fresh, dried, culinary big spikes, compact grower, lovely for arrangements
    Folgate 18 inches violet dark purple green May-July fresh, dried, oil,culinary short and sturdy, nice green foliage, compact
    Hidcote Blue 18 inches violet dk purple green April-June;fall fresh, dried, culinary super sturdy, long lived, takes to heavy shearing, fave for cooks
    Jean Davis 18 inches pink lavender/green green May-July fresh, culinary short, lovely pink, very dense flower heads
    Maillette 18 inches light lavender lavender green/grey June-July fresh, oil average in looks but superior for essential oil
    Munstead 16 inches med purple purple green May-July; fall fresh, dried, culinary great for long lived hedges, great in containers
    Royal Velvet 24 inches blue/violet dark violet green June-July fresh, dried stunning color, great contrast with foliage, very sweet
    Tuscan Violet 36 inches deep blue violet grey May-July fresh, dried large and very robust English type, very drought tolerant
    Twickel Purple 30 inches lavender violet green/grey May-July fresh, dried, culinary lovely flower bunches for fresh and dry use, very upright
     Victorian Amethyst 24 inches violet purple silver grey June-July fresh, dried sturdy, dense silver foliage
    Violet Intrigue 24 inches violet dark violet green/grey May-July fresh, dried stunning flower bunches, great for crafting
Lavandula x intermedia
    Abrialli 30 inches purple dark purple grey grey June-Sept fresh, dried, oil Classic look, stunning in bloom, great for crafting
    Bogong 30 inches lavender purple grey grey June-Aug fresh, dried Very sturdy, compact foliage, very drought tolerant
    Dutch 40 inches light lavender grey grey/green June-Sept fresh, dried very long, wispy flower spikes, large plants
     Fat Spike Grosso 24 inches dark violet purple grey green/grey May-July; fall fresh, dried Always blooms twice, one of the showiest intermedia selections
    Fragrant Memories 24 inches light lavender lavender grey grey May-July fresh, dried Intensely fragrant, fat flower heads
    Grappenhall 48 inches light lavender lavender grey grey June-Sept fresh, dried Big big plant, makes a tall hedge or barrier
    Grosso 30 inches violet violet grey grey June-Aug fresh, dried, oil classic, oil production, a favorite for drying, wreathmaking
    Marge Clark 24 inches lavender lavender grey grey June-Aug fresh, dried very sturdy, medium size, very compact grower
    Phenomenal 30 inches dark violet violet grey grey May-Sept fresh, dried, culinary lovely in bloom; will take rainier areas and very cold/snow
    Provence 36 inches light lavender grey grey June-Sept;fall fresh, dried, culinary Used for cooking; flowers ‘shatter’, so it is good for potpourri
    Scottish Cottage 18 inches light purple lavender grey grey June-Sept fresh, dried Short and stout, great specimen in containers
    Super 40 inches dark violet purple grey grey June-Aug fresh, dried Really big, plump blooms.  Pretty in arrangements, lav wands
Lavandula stoechas
    Blueberry Ruffles 20 inches blue violet green March-May; fall landscaping deep color, early bloom for bees; compact
    Otto Quast 24 inchs purple violet green/grey March-May; fall landscaping classic Spanish lavender, with intense fat flowers
    Silver Anouk 24 inches deep purple. silver white March-May; fall landscaping deep flowers are stunning against silver white leaves; drought tol
    Sugarberry Ruffles 18 inches bright pink green March-May; fall landscaping cheery and unusual pink; very compact
Lavandula dentata 48 inches lavender green year round landscaping robust grower; prune heavy to continue bloom;
Lavandula x heterophylla 48 inches lavender lavender grey green/grey year round landscaping very elegant, very large, piney lavender scent
Lavandula pinnata 24 inches deep purple green Mar-Nov landscaping not hardy; smells like lemon!  Shade tolerant, hummingbird plant
Lavandula ‘Ana Luisa’ 24 inches dark violet silver white silver/white June-Aug landscaping, drying very drought tolerant, extremely showy in bloom
Lavandula ‘Richard Grey’ 18 inches purple grey silver/white June-Aug landscaping, drying very drought tolerant, extremely showy in bloom
Lavandula ‘Silver Frost’ 30 inches dark purple fuzzy white white June-Aug landscaping, drying drought tolerant, showy, great for drying for crafting

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