Lavender ‘Richard Gray’ (Lavandula chaytoriare ‘Richard Gray’) is a fragrant, evergreen shrub up to 50cm in height and width with reasonably wide, silver-grey leaves up to 5.5cm long with violet flowers on spikes in late summer. To prolong the flowering period with a second flush, dead head the flowers before they turn.
Lavender ‘Richard Gray’ (Lavandula chaytoriare ‘Richard Gray’) is a chaytoriare variety. This is a cross between a Lanandula lanata (Wooly lavender, native to southern Spain) and a Lavender angustifolia (English lavender/narrow leafed Lavender, native to the Mediterranean and the mountains in Northern Spain). It has a RHS hardiness rating of H4 meaning it can tolerate temperatures down to -10 to -5C. Lavender should be positioned in full sun in soil with good drainage and plenty of shelter.
Lavender is widely misunderstood in many ways. Many people think it hates water. From experience, I know this not to be true, lavender simply likes to be in well drained soil so it does not sit in the water for long periods of time. Though once established it is very tolerant of droughts. Given the species that are crossed to make it originate from, this is hardly surprising. However, despite its non native origins it has huge environmental benefits. Being high in pollen and nectar content, it attracts bees, moths, butterflies, birds and other pollinators. This makes them perfect for cottage, informal, low maintenance, city and courtyard gardens.
Lavender ‘Richard Gray’ (Lavandula chaytoriare ‘Richard Gray’) makes for the perfect dwarf hedge, capable of flanking a path or dividing a garden in to sectors. Due to its love of sharp drainage, it is perfect for being put on steep banks and suits Mediterranean garden well.
Lavender ‘Richard Gray’ (Lavandula chaytoriare ‘Richard Gray’) is in RHS Pruning group 10. This means it should be pruned in early to mid spring.
Lavender ‘Richard Gray’ (Lavandula chaytoriare ‘Richard Gray’) is not poisonous to livestock. Horses are generally fine to eat it and it can have a calming effect on them.
- Height up to 50cm
- Width up to 50cm
- Needs full sun
- Needs free draining soil
- RHS Pruning group 10, Prune after flowering when flowering is on the previous years growth
- Hardiness level H4, meaning it can tolerate down from -10 to -5C
Livestock and horses
It is not generally poisonous to livestock and can have a calming effect on horses
Here at Hedge Xpress we care about our environment. Help us great a more sustainable world by buying our peat free Lavenders turning your garden in to the perfect place for birds, bees and other pollinators, making your garden bustle with wildlife.
When buying a lavender it is important to know the different forms of hedging. For more information visit our page on Bare root, root ball, potted plants.
When purchasing a hedge it is important that you give it every chance it can to thrive. For more information on planting visit our Planting page.
Other shrubs and lavender we stock
Rosemary ‘Miss Jessop’s’ goes very well with Lavender, creating a Mediterranean feel to the garden.
We also stock Lavandula chaytoriare ‘Sawyers’, another type of chaytoriare.