Types of Lavender Plant

A beautifully fragranced plant, lavender is a worldwide favourite for it’s soothing scents and attractive colour. Originating from Latin ‘Lavare’ which means to wash. Lavender is not only widely used in many scented products, such as candles, soaps and perfumes, but is one of the best garden plants to attract bees and wildlife.

There are many old and new varieties of lavender, making them a popular choice for garden plants  and hedges. Lavender can thrive in sunny and well-drained soils and be planted in garden beds, used as borders or put in containers. Lavender can also be placed more decoratively, such as planted around windows and doors making premises look attractive.

Different Types Of Lavender Plant

You may ask which is the most fragrant lavender and the best type of lavender? Our article below provides information on some of the most popular types of lavender to help you choose which lavender variant is right for you.

Rosea Lavender

Rosea Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Rosea) English or True Lavender is one of the most common lavender plants used in English gardens, loved for attracting wildlife and displaying fresh, gentle pink flowers. Lavandula angustifolia is one of the most fragrant lavenders and can be brought in many different varieties.

The Rosea Lavender blossoms in the late summer months of July and September. Rosea Lavender is one of the best types of lavender to produce a delightful fragrance from foliage and flowers, which is loved by gardeners. Rosea Lavender produces fresh evergreen foliage that is retained throughout the year, even at temperatures of -10C and below, making it a robust plant to own.

Rosea Lavender is one of the tallest lavender plants and can grow up to 70cm in size. It is recommended that you position it in full sun and should be watered regularly but kept in well-drained soil. Not only does Rosea Lavender offer beautiful features and features, but it can also be used for cooking, making salads, infusions of tea and desserts, making it a popular plant for gardeners who love to utilise their plants.

Little Lady Lavender

The best types of lavender for beginners are English lavenders. They are low maintenance and versatile and can survive in a variety of weather conditions.

A  type of english lavender is Little Lady Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Little Lady Lavender is a popular plant for English gardens, Little Lady Lavender only grows to 40cm, in keeping with the name of ‘little.’ This makes it perfect for low hedges or for planting in containers. Little Lady Lavender blossoms in the early summer months of June and July, as it presents elegant flowers in blue, pink, purple and white, making it a varied lavender plant.

Little Lady Lavender can be placed in the sunny areas of the garden and watered regularly while having room to drain the soil. Although it is a smaller lavender plant than others, it is robust and tough and can survive the English weather. Little Lady Lavender can withstand temperatures of-15C and look neater than others throughout the winter. Little Lady Lavender is a beautifully fragrant type of lavender and, again, similar to many other species of lavender plants. it is suitable for culinary purposes.

Imperial Gem Lavender

An additional type of lavender is Imperial Gem Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Imperial Gem) English or True Lavender. Imperial Gem Lavender is an older lavender variety and a great alternative to Hidcote. Imperial Gem Lavender, again similar to Little Lady Lavender and Fathead Lavender, only grows to 40cm and is more compact than other lavender plants.

Imperial Gem Lavender is robust and can survive harsh weather conditions, but it should be kept in a sheltered environment. It preferred to be a place in full sun, with well-drained soil. If well-positioned Imperial Gem Lavender will blossom from July onwards, displaying silvery fresh green foliage and gorgeous flowers in purple, blue, pink and white, making it an excellent plant to add colour and vibrancy to the garden.

Imperial Gem Lavender is another type of lavender plant. that emits a floral fragrance from its flowers and foliage and it is suitable for culinary purposes.

Edelweiss Lavender

Edelweiss Lavender (Lavandula x intermedia Edelweiss) Intermedia Lavender or Lavandin is a hybrid of Lavender angustifolia and L. latifolia. This type of lavender is much stronger and more robust than others because it has the characteristics of Intermedia Lavenders.

Edelweiss Lavender has grey, green foliage that is usually much wider and larger than other lavender foliage. It attracts a great deal of wildlife, such as bees, birds and butterflies making it a pleasing addition to your garden.

Edelweiss Lavender blossoms in the latter summer months of July and August, but it can also grow well into Autumn, which gives life and activity to your garden during the colder months. When Edelweiss Lavender blooms, it flourishes with pearly, delicate white flowers that are fragranced.

Edelweiss Lavender is one of the tallest types of lavender. Growing up to 75cm in size, it’s perfect for decorative pathways and border edging. Edelweiss Lavender should be kept in sunny areas of the garden and have well-drained soil to keep it healthy and active.

Fathead Lavender

Lavender Fathead (Lavandula stoechas Fathead) French or Spanish Lavender. Is a type of lavender that is very appealing and attractive. Most common for blooming in April or late spring, the Lavender Fathead is one of the earliest bloomers than other lavender plants.

Lavender Fathead flowers rich in nectar, bright purple flowers with pink wings that smell of a sweet honey fragrance. They are edible and may be used in desserts or salads. Lavender Fathead is also very attractive to bees and other wildlife and will give life and movement to your garden.

Lavender Fathead flourishes best when placed in sunny areas and needs well-drained soil. They can grow up to 40cm and can be placed on patios, decks or terraces to provide altitudes to your garden.

Looking For Other Types Of Lavender?

At Hope Grove Nurseries, we provide even more lavenders, including Arctic Snow Lavender, Ashdown Forest Lavender, Fairy Wings Pink Lavender, Loddon Blue Lavender, Rocky Road Lavender and many more.

We provide information and advice on their unique characteristics and behaviors.

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