HedgeXpress: Most Popular Lavenders (Part II)

 

And here are the next two in our countdown of our most Popular Lavenders…
#4 Richard Gray (Lavandula × Chaytoriae ‘Richard Gray’)
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One of the most distinctive hybrids of recent years, Lavender Richard Gray was developed at RBG Kew. It is an exceptional, compact and low growing plant with cool, silvery-grey foliage and vivid violet, blunt-tipped, highly fragrant flower spikes during July and August. It spreads wide rather than tall and is a perfect choice for drying. It’s also a firm favourite with bees, butterflies and insects.
#3 Alba (Lavandula x intermedia ‘Alba’)
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Lavender Alba is one of the big Lavenders and grows into ground-hugging domes. There is little that fills a larger space to greater effect. It is also one of the most robust Lavenders and will tolerate frost, drought and even a coastal location. Its tall, pure white, pointed flowers reach a metre or more and light up the garden from July right through to September – the perfect foil to its vigorous grey-green foliage. It’s ideal for ground cover, low borders, hedging and edging and is equally at home on its own in a tub, border or raised bed.