Lavender Imperial Gem is a variety of Lavender Angustifolia, the English or True Lavender. This family of Lavender plants is home to most of the popular and best loved varieties seen so often in UK gardens. They are typically compact with narrow grey-green foliage that accounts for about half of the plants height – the other half is composed of the sturdy and compact flower spikes that emerge during June and July, cylindrical in shape and available in a wide range of richly coloured (and complementary) shades from blue and purple through to pink and white.
Lavender Imperial Gem plants are tough and hardy to at least -15C, just be sure to plant them somewhere sunny and well drained and the plants should take everything that the British weather throws at them in their stride. For best results and to extend the life of your Lavender plants, give them a good trim as soon as the flowers fade (back to the very base of the flower stems, just into the foliage). This will keep them compact and bushy for many years.
All our angustifolia Lavender plants are wonderfully scented, both the flowers and foliage. Not only are they beautiful additions to the garden whether solitary plants or in groups, they are all suitable for clipping. We have a separate page with the most popular types of Lavender Hedging Plants but there is no reason at all why you couldn’t use Lavender Imperial Gem plants for the same purpose, it’s just as suitable.
Lavender Imperial Gem is also suitable for culinary uses, its sweet Lavender scent is just the thing to flavour salads and in desserts, for infusions and teas and in baking recipes. Use the flowers for pot-pourri or drying, so that their unmistakable scent can be enjoyed in the home long after the flowering season has finished.
How to grow Lavender Imperial Gem Plants
Position: Full sun.
Foliage: Evergreen, leaves are retained all year.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil.
Flowering time: July-September.
Growth rate: moderate
Ultimate height and spread: 40cm high x 40cm wide.
Hardiness: Fully hardy.
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and for the first season. Remove spent flower heads immediately after flowering.