Lavender Imperial Gem also known as Lavandula angustifolia Imperial Gem is from the family of English lavenders or Laminaceae. Although classed as English lavender it is not native to England but more native to Mediterranean countries such as Croatia, Spain, France and Italy and has now become more acclimatised to British weather conditions. As a small eminently fragrant evergreen shrub it makes a wonderful addition to the garden either as individual shrubs or as a low aromatic hedge or edge around a flower bed or vegetable patch. The narrow grey green leaves, as implied by the Latin term angustifolia, provide a colourful background to the masses of tightly packed rich purple flower spikes in summer attracting bees and other insects into the garden. Lavender Imperial Gem is an excellent substitute for Lavender Hidcote as it is very similar in colour.
Lavandula angustifolia Imperial Gem as with all English lavenders are grown for their ornamental value and give of their best in a sunny position in well-drained soil, it will not tolerate sitting in wet areas for any length of time. If the soil tends to sit a little wet the drainage can be improved by the addition of a mulch such as gravel. Growing to 60cm it is one of the smaller more compact varieties ideal for a typical English cottage garden with easy maintenance by simply trimming with shears when the flowers are spent.
We supply Lavender Imperial Gem as a pot grown plant so all year-round planting is possible and although it will survive low temperatures it is probably advisable to avoid planting in the really cold months of the year.
If you have any questions with reference to Lavandula angustifolia Imperial Gem please telephone our team who will be pleased to help.