Ashdown Forest English Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia 'Ashdown Forest'

Dense clusters of wonderfully aromatic pale purple flowers on upright, slender stems cover this compact evergreen in the summer. Soft grey-green foliage on a bushy form creates a nice low, informal hedge. Well-suited for low water rock gardens and for mass plantings along sunny borders.
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Once established, needs occasional watering- more in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationlav-AN-dew-lah an-gus-tee-FOH-lee-uh
LoreThe lavenders have been grown in Europe long before Linnaeus' time and he named both this genus and species. Lavandula is derived from the Latin verb lavo or lavandus - to wash, because the Romans used it extensively in their ablutions. French lavender is not native to France, but hot, dry Spain, Greece and North Africa. Its common name is derived merely from the region where it is grown commercially, Province, France. The plants originally classified as L. spica and L. vera are how collectively grouped under L. angustifolia. The species and well over fifty cultivars are considered the most cold hardy and produce what many say is the sweetest of all lavender oils.
Average Size at MaturityReaches 20 in. tall and wide; flower rise above foliage.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Fragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitCompact
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden, Wildlife Garden, Kitchen Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Edible, Gift Plant, Waterwise, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs occasional watering- more in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsBlack-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum); Coneflower (Echinacea); Penstemon (Penstemon); Salvia (Salvia)

Requires well-drained soil. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a tidy, neat appearance, clip spent blooms, and prune annually to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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