FEA­TURE

The lat­est laven­ders

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When it comes to the ul­ti­mate gar­den plant, it is hard to go past the laven­der. The pop­u­lar­ity of this iconic plant has not waned, while in­no­va­tive breed­ing pro­grammes have con­tin­ued to ex­pand and im­prove the range of va­ri­eties on of­fer.

‘The Princess Laven­der’ pre­sented breed­ers with a hard act to fol­low with its breath­tak­ing mass of flu­o­res­cent pink. This award win­ning early flow­er­ing va­ri­ety is a spec­ta­cle from early spring. But this sea­son’s new ar­rival is a wor­thy mem­ber of the ‘royal’ lineup.

Laven­der ‘Ghostly Princess’ pro­duces a spring mass of en­chant­ing musk pink flow­ers on an el­e­gant com­pact form. Breed­ers se­lected ‘Ghostly Princess’ for her long last­ing flower dis­play and stun­ning sil­ver fo­liage, which pro­vides the gar­den with year-round charm. The cold and heat hardy as­pects of this plant en­sure last­ing good looks.

Ideal as a hedge, ‘Ghostly Princess’ holds its com­pact form. Grow­ing ap­prox­i­mately 70cm tall, it re­quires lit­tle wa­ter­ing and main­te­nance once es­tab­lished. As a small and shapely shrub, it’s sil­very sil­hou­ette brings style and so­phis­ti­ca­tion to en­trance ways, paths and out­door rooms.

Re­cently re­leased English laven­der ‘Sweet Ro­mance’ is a great op­tion for those look­ing for a slightly smaller hedge. At around 45cm tall with a pro­fu­sion of deep­est mauve blue flow­ers, ‘Sweet Ro­mance’ is long flow­er­ing, fra­grant and flow­ers in the first sea­son of plant­ing.

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