ITHINK there are few plants more beautiful and more dependable than one deep in the middle of its blooming season right now - the omnipresent lavender
The walled garden there demonstrates just how many lavender
varieties there are and how many ways there are of planting it - one of the most appealing being as a low hedge, with plants of different colours but similar forms mixing together.
But for all its beauty, fragrance and even medicinal qualities, lavender
will break a gardener's heart, says Orr.
For some tips on lavender
growing in a hostile environment, the Country Gentleman visited the cottage lavender
farm of Kieran "Kie" and Elizabeth "Libbe" O'Connor.
64sec track record run in 2001 has not been troubled in recent times, but a fast-running track (+60) enabled Lavenders
Grant to post a top-class 46.
fits so many settings - the cottage garden, as a low hedging plant lining a path, in a formal herb garden or in a contemporary galvanised metal container for a more modern look.
As Agapanthus flowers open up, they assume an increasingly paler shade of lavender
on Monday put on the domestic market a new variety of common lavender
that can grow in hot and humid places in its first foray into the flower business.
The Romans used it in their baths and the name lavender
comes from lavare meaning to wash.
fits so many settings ( the cottage garden, as a low hedging plant lining a path, in a formal herb garden or in a contemporary galvanised metal container for a more modern look.
In design terms, lavender
is among the most versatile shrubs.
Be sure to cook only with pesticide-free lavenders
grown for culinary use.
dry beautifully for bouquets and attract bees and butterflies.
The most commonly planted lavenders
are native to elevations of more than 2,000 feet - in the lower French Alps - and are hardy to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.
Tall (3 to 4 foot) lavenders
should be cut back by about 1/3 to keep plants from getting overly woody (start the second year).