One of the most distinctive hybrids of recent years, Lavender Richard Gray is the result of work done in the 1980s when several breeders were crossing the ever- trustworthy Lavandula Angustifolia (English Lavender) with Lavandula Lanata (Woolly Lavender), a shrubby native of southern Spain, renowned for the silver hairs on its leaves.
Lavender Richard Gray was developed at RBG Kew (it’s named after one of their workers). It is an exceptional, compact and low growing plant with cool, silvery-grey foliage similar to Lanata but with vivid violet, blunt-tipped flower spikes. It spreads wide rather than tall. The flowers appear throughout July and August, are richly scented and a perfect choice for drying. In the summer, this aromatic lavender attracts bees, butterflies and insects which, in turn, will bring wild birds to the garden.
Incidentally, its Latin name – x Chaytorae – is in honour of Dorothy Chaytor who wrote a famous monograph on lavender in 1937.
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