What the Book Says / What We have Seen
We are on our fifth year of growing a large area of raised beds of Lavender on a typically hilly piece of land in Central Texas. We have planted several different cultivars over the years and below is a list of our favorites. The Book that I am referring to is The Genus Lavandula by Tim Upson & Susyn Andrews
In order of size
Lavandula x intermedia 30- 36” high / 30”wide. Full sun. Gray-green foliage, medium shrub size at maturity, tall wands of subtle lavender –blue flowers.
This Lavender is very popular because of its long wands and their use in crafts. The plant is a beautiful gray green, flowers are pale and tend to turn gray when dried. Strong spicy scent. Needs lots of space in the garden.
Vera- Lavandula angustifolia 24- 30”high/24’ wide. Full sun. Gray-green foliage. Purple-blue flowers.
Very similar to Provence in leaf structure and color, only smaller in size with darker flowers. Has proven to be more disease resistant than others.
Goodwin Creek- Lavandula x ginginsii. 15’high/15’wide. Full sun Silver-gray dense and wooly with deeply toothed margins on leaf. Violet-blue flowers.
This is an unusual looking plant with it interesting toothed edge leaves. It has died in colder areas of our land but done well thru the winter in warmer micro-climates here.
Lavandula angustifolia 12-18” high/ 18” wide. Full sun. Blue-green foliage, compact plant , deep purple flowers.
We love this cultivar. It has the loveliest dark flowers that dry dark purple. Although the wands are short the smell is heavenly. It is my favorite for culinary use.
Lavandula angustifolia, 12’’ high/12’ wide Full sun, Bright gray foliage, deep blue flowers, great for borders.
This little plant has been very hardy and disease resistant. Flower aroma is sweet and buttery.