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!
Lavandula angustifolia
    Bleu de collines18 inchesdark bluevioletgreensummerfresh, driedvery elegant long spikes, extremely dark flower
    Betty Blue18 inchesvioletbluegreen/greyMay-Junefresh, dried, culinarya favorite for drying and crafting
    Blue Cushion16 inchesdeep bluepurplegreen/greyMay-Septfresh, culinarygreat for pots, front of border, reblooms with deadheading,dwarf
    Croxton’s Wild24 inchesblue/lavenderpurplegreen/greyMay-Julyfreshclosest to the ‘wild’ type of lavender
    Edelweiss24 incheswhitegreengreenMay-Julyfresh, culinaryvery sweet fragrance, unusual in garden
    Elizabeth24 inchesdeep purpledeep purplegreen/greyMay-Julyfresh, dried, culinarybig spikes, compact grower, lovely for arrangements
    Folgate18 inchesvioletdark purplegreenMay-Julyfresh, dried, oil,culinaryshort and sturdy, nice green foliage, compact
    Hidcote Blue18 inchesvioletdk purplegreenApril-June;fallfresh, dried, culinarysuper sturdy, long lived, takes to heavy shearing, fave for cooks
    Jean Davis18 inchespinklavender/greengreenMay-Julyfresh, culinaryshort, lovely pink, very dense flower heads
    Maillette18 incheslight lavenderlavendergreen/greyJune-Julyfresh, oilaverage in looks but superior for essential oil
    Munstead16 inchesmed purplepurplegreenMay-July; fallfresh, dried, culinarygreat for long lived hedges, great in containers
    Royal Velvet24 inchesblue/violetdark violetgreenJune-Julyfresh, driedstunning color, great contrast with foliage, very sweet
    Tuscan Violet36 inchesdeep bluevioletgreyMay-Julyfresh, driedlarge and very robust English type, very drought tolerant
    Twickel Purple30 incheslavendervioletgreen/greyMay-Julyfresh, dried, culinarylovely flower bunches for fresh and dry use, very upright
     Victorian Amethyst24 inchesvioletpurplesilver greyJune-Julyfresh, driedsturdy, dense silver foliage
    Violet Intrigue24 inchesvioletdark violetgreen/greyMay-Julyfresh, driedstunning flower bunches, great for crafting
Lavandula x intermedia
    Abrialli30 inchespurpledark purple greygreyJune-Septfresh, dried, oilClassic look, stunning in bloom, great for crafting
    Bogong30 incheslavenderpurple greygreyJune-Augfresh, driedVery sturdy, compact foliage, very drought tolerant
    Dutch40 incheslight lavendergreygrey/greenJune-Septfresh, driedvery long, wispy flower spikes, large plants
     Fat Spike Grosso24 inchesdark violetpurple greygreen/greyMay-July; fallfresh, driedAlways blooms twice, one of the showiest intermedia selections
    Fragrant Memories24 incheslight lavenderlavender greygreyMay-Julyfresh, driedIntensely fragrant, fat flower heads
    Grappenhall48 incheslight lavenderlavender greygreyJune-Septfresh, driedBig big plant, makes a tall hedge or barrier
    Grosso30 inchesvioletviolet greygreyJune-Augfresh, dried, oilclassic, oil production, a favorite for drying, wreathmaking
    Marge Clark24 incheslavenderlavender greygreyJune-Augfresh, driedvery sturdy, medium size, very compact grower
    Phenomenal30 inchesdark violetviolet greygreyMay-Septfresh, dried, culinarylovely in bloom; will take rainier areas and very cold/snow
    Provence36 incheslight lavendergreygreyJune-Sept;fallfresh, dried, culinaryUsed for cooking; flowers ‘shatter’, so it is good for potpourri
    Scottish Cottage18 incheslight purplelavender greygreyJune-Septfresh, driedShort and stout, great specimen in containers
    Super40 inchesdark violetpurple greygreyJune-Augfresh, driedReally big, plump blooms.  Pretty in arrangements, lav wands
Lavandula stoechas
    Blueberry Ruffles20 inchesblue violetgreenMarch-May; falllandscapingdeep color, early bloom for bees; compact
    Otto Quast24 inchspurple violetgreen/greyMarch-May; falllandscapingclassic Spanish lavender, with intense fat flowers
    Silver Anouk24 inchesdeep purple.silver whiteMarch-May; falllandscapingdeep flowers are stunning against silver white leaves; drought tol
    Sugarberry Ruffles18 inchesbright pinkgreenMarch-May; falllandscapingcheery and unusual pink; very compact
Lavandula dentata48 incheslavendergreenyear roundlandscapingrobust grower; prune heavy to continue bloom;
Lavandula x heterophylla48 incheslavenderlavender greygreen/greyyear roundlandscapingvery elegant, very large, piney lavender scent
Lavandula pinnata24 inchesdeep purplegreenMar-Novlandscapingnot hardy; smells like lemon!  Shade tolerant, hummingbird plant
Lavandula ‘Ana Luisa’24 inchesdark violetsilver whitesilver/whiteJune-Auglandscaping, dryingvery drought tolerant, extremely showy in bloom
Lavandula ‘Richard Grey’18 inchespurplegreysilver/whiteJune-Auglandscaping, dryingvery drought tolerant, extremely showy in bloom
Lavandula ‘Silver Frost’30 inchesdark purplefuzzy whitewhiteJune-Auglandscaping, dryingdrought tolerant, showy, great for drying for crafting