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Lavender
Lavender
Photo: Fernleaf Lavender  David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm, Greenhouse #6, Burlington, ON, April 7 2013
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since 2012. Available May 2020, in 4" pots.


  • Description

    Winter Hardiness: varies with variety
    Light Requirements: full sun - part sun
    Where to plant: Annual varieties in containers or in the ground. Perennial varieties must be planted in the ground to survive. Well drained soil.

  • Growing Guide
    There are many varieties of Lavender. Many are hardy in our climate (Lavance Deep Purple, Grosso), while others must be grown as annuals (Fernleaf and French). Lavender is drought tolerant, and you should grow it on the dry side. If possible, plant lavender in a sheltered area of your garden that has good drainage. Cover in much (ie straw) for the winter, and give a light pruning in the spring. Lavenders take about 3 years to reach maturity.

  • Harvest
    Harvest stems when approximately one-quarter of the flowers are open (aromatic oils are at their peak); remove leaves. Tie stems into small bunches and hang upside down in a cool, dry, dark room for two to three weeks.

  • French Lavender -Lavandula dentata
    Annual. It's almost like a rosemary - lavender cross, with characteristic fine toothed leaf edges, our preferred culinary variety. Not hardy in Ontario.
    Height: 16 - 18"
    Width: 12-14"

  • Grosso -Lavandula X intermedia (Lavandins)
    Perennial. This is one of the best varieties for Southern Ontario. Very hardy. A great all-round plant, with tall dark violet flowers. Excellent for drying. No flowers 1st year. Peak blooming mid July.
    Height: 16 - 18"
    Width: 12 - 14"

  • Lavandula Pinnata -Fernleaf Lavender
    Annual. Our most popular lavender. Finely-divided, fern-like gray-green foliage is topped by tall spikes of small bright lavender-blue flowers. Will not survive our winter.
    Height: 16 - 18"
    Width: 12 - 14"

  • Lavance Deep Purple -Lavandula angustifolia   (English Lavender)
     
    A favorite because of its ability to bloom the first year.  Additionally, it begins to flower a bit earlier in the season, typically in early summer and lasts into early fall. Tender perennial (occasionally will not survive a harsh winter).
    Height: 12 - 18"
    Width: 12 - 18"


Name
Type
Hardiness
Colour
Height
Width
This and That
French
Dentata
Annual average
18"
16"
Toothed leaf edge and best for eating
Grosso
Lavandula X
intermedia
Perennial
12"
10"
Hardiest and shortest, slow growing, flowers 2nd year
Fernleaf
Lavandula Pinnata
Annual
18"
16"
Tallest flowers and fastest to flower
Lavance Deep Purple
English Perennial Deep Purple
12"
10"
Flowers first year