Fernleaf Lavender David MacTavish,
Hutchinson Farm, Greenhouse #6, Burlington,
ON, April 7 2013
|Grown at Hutchinson Farm since
2012. Available May 2017, in 4½" pots.
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, 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 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
Annual. It's almost like a
rosemary - lavender cross, with characteristic
fine toothed leaf edges, our preferred
culinary variety. Not hardy in Ontario.
- 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: 24 - 30"
Width: 12 - 14"
- Lavandula Pinnata -Fernleaf
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
24 - 36"
Width: 12 - 14"
- Sweet Romance -Lavandula
angustifolia (English Lavender)
release from Proven Winners
Perennial. SWEET ROMANCE™, is
destined to become 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 lasting into early fall. Tender
perennial (may not survive harsh winter).
12 - 18"
Width: 12 - 18"
- New for 2017: We are
trialing the following: Hidcote Blue,
Munstead, Lavance Deep Purple, Bandera Purple,