Lavender Richard Gray has cool, silvery-grey foliage similar to Lanata AND glorious vivid violet, blunt-tipped and richly scented flower spikes throughout July and August. They are the perfect choice for bees, butterflies, insects…and for drying.
Spreading wide rather than tall, Lavender Richard Gray is an exceptional, compact and low growing plant ideal for both edging and groundcover. It will reach its ultimate height of 50cm in 2-5 years by which time it will have spread to c.50cm as well.
Easy to maintain, pretty hardy and with an excellent tolerance to drought, it will thrive in just about any garden. It prefers a neutral to alkaline soil (sand, chalk or loam) but will tolerate acidic conditions – its only ‘must have’ is good drainage. Like so many other lavenders, Lavender Richard Gray will not tolerate being waterlogged.
For optimum results, plant in full sun in a sheltered South or East-facing spot. Potash will encourage flowering but avoid high nitrogen fertilisers or manure as this will produce an ungainly floppiness. Prune annually once the flowers have died back – or harvest earlier for drying.
The RHS Award of Garden Merit
Between 1996 and 2001The RHS Woody Plant Trials Committee conducted a five-year trial of 74 lavender varieties. Lavender Richard Gray was one of only 18 that emerged with the RHS’s Award of Garden Merit.
Finally, may I add that our Richard Grays (like all our lavenders) are vegetatively propagated (i.e. from cuttings) and NOT from seed. This ensures the plants grow true.