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- Lavender in the front yard
- 'Rosea', 'Cedar Blue' and 'Edelweiss'
- Spring is the best season for lavender
The lavender is a subshrub that combines several good qualities. Its flowers are emblematic of happy summer days in the countryside. Its irresistible fragrance flatters the nose and the flowers can be used in many ways: sewn into a sachet, as a natural bath and cosmetic additive, for baking, cooking or mixing all kinds of culinary delights. He has long proven himself in garden design, because lavender needs little to develop well. With a calcareous, nutrient-poor garden soil and little water he gets along well - only heat and above all a lot of light are important.
Lavender in the front yard
Where other flowering plants start hopefully, but then enter the barren soil, the lavender feels really well. Almost every garden has a particularly hot and dry area where many other plants would need to be abundantly watered in the summer. Lavender, however, is much more frugal and requires significantly less water. Especially areas that should not do much work, can be beautifully greened with lavender. The best examples are front gardens, framed by fragrant lavender to a true experience for the senses.
Much helps a lot: If you are consistent, just plant the whole area with the semi-shrub - preferably with different flower colors, as it offers, for example, the range of Downderry lavender. Simon Charlesworth, known to connoisseurs as the secret lavender pope, has bred a huge variety of lavender varieties at his Downderry Nursery in southern Kent. The German assortment is adapted to the local climatic conditions. As the winters in southern England are much milder, only frost-hardy varieties were selected for German gardens. Among them are classic violet flowers as well as blue, white and pink ones.
The Downderry variety Lavandula angustifolia 'Rosea' (left) forms inflorescences with small tender pink miniature flowers. The blue-violet flowers of the variety 'Cedar Blue' (right) form brighter contrasts with lighter lavender varieties
'Rosea', 'Cedar Blue' and 'Edelweiss'
Lavender is not the same as lavender. It pays to pay attention to the specific properties of the different varieties. They differ for example in the stature height and shape. Also, the appearance of the flower varies greatly. The Downderry variety Lavandula angustifolia 'Rosea' forms at the tips of their approximately 60 centimeters high stems many delicate pink miniature flowers, which combine to form a sugar-sweet cloud. Their compact, upholstered growth makes them an ideal bed enclosure. A very similar growth form forms the variety 'Cedar Blue'. However, its flowers are blue violet - a great contrast to lighter lavender. A white type of lavender bears the appropriate name 'Edelweiss'. It can reach a height of about 75 centimeters. The radiantly beautiful flowers bring bright accents in the lavender discounts.
Lavandula angustifolia 'Edelweiss'
Spring is the best season for lavender
The hardy lavender have the great advantage that garden owners once planted them can also enjoy in the following years. For this purpose, only a pruning in spring to one-third of the stature height is necessary so that the shrubs remain compact, dense and flowering. Thereafter, the plants drift off and form new flowering plants in summer. If the new flowers have withered, you can also cut them off and continue to use them to your heart's content. By the way: Spring is the best season for lavender and after Easter you will find in many tree nurseries and garden centers again a large selection in different shades.