Something of a newcomer to the Lavender world, Lavandula × Chaytoriae ‘Sawyers’ AGM has certainly proved itself horticulturally (its AGM attests to that) but is still a relatively uncommon sight in English gardens. This will undoubtedly change, but in the meantime, the only sure way of enjoying this distinctive Lavender is to grow it yourself…
Lavandula × Chaytoriae ‘Sawyers’ AGM is another successful result from the work done in the 1980s crossing the ever- reliable Lavandula Angustifolia (English Lavender) with that shrubby native of Southern Spain, Lavandula Lanata (Woolly Lavender). And, like Lavandula × Chaytoriae ‘Richard Gray’, ‘Sawyers’ honours Dorothy Chaytor, author of a famous 1937 monograph on lavenders. Unfortunately, I haven’t, so far, been able to unearth the derivation of ‘Sawyers’ – and so he she or it will have to make do with grateful, but anonymous, immortality!
It is one of the more stately taller Lavenders and has particularly pleasing foliage – as silver as Lavender gets with slender, pointed and gloriously fragrant leaves. Not that its pale purple flowers with their deeper, bluer centres suffer by comparison. The butterflies certainly don’t think so.
NB: The RHS list of synonyms for Lavandula × Chaytoriae ‘Sawyers’ AGM includes ‘Cornard Blue’ and ‘Quicksilver’ – both apt, if uncommon and confusing alternatives.