There are 3 main types of Lavenders with different blooming seasons: Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender), Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender) and Lavandula x intermedia (Lavandin). Some are early bloomers, with their magnificent blooms appearing in early spring. Others are late bloomers with blooms opening up in midsummer. Planting one of each in your garden will reward you with heavenly fragrance and attractive flower spikes from spring until late summer!
Most mid-season blooming Lavenders belong to the Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender) group.
- Lavandula angustifolia, also called True Lavender or Common Lavender has long been cultivated for its high quality lavender oil. Cultivars of this species tend to be compact in habit and have grayish green narrow leaves and relatively short compact flower spikes. This Lavender type is great for formal or informal edging along walkways, raised wall beds, rock gardens, herb gardens and in mass plantings.
- Flowering typically occurs in June or July and tends to last 3-4 weeks. Cooler summer climates may have extended bloom periods, but where summers are hot, these Lavenders will stop blooming as the heat increases.
- English Lavender needs to be grown in areas where it can go dormant during the winter. Hardy to zone 5, they are the most cold-hardy species of Lavender and they do not tolerate poor drainage or high humidity.
- Note: Bloom times highly depend on weather conditions. Spring may arrive sooner or later in your area than in California or New England. But the bloom sequence of Lavenders remains unchanged. Early blooming Lavenders will always be the first ones to show off in the garden, whether this is in May or June in your area.