Mid to Late Summer Blooming Lavenders

Lavender Types, Lavender Varieties, Lavender Blooming Seasons

  • Lavender Flowers, Lavender Flower, English Lavender, Spanish lavender, French Lavender, Early Lavenders, Lavender Blooming Times, lavandula angustifolia, lavandula stoechas, lavandula x intermedia

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 late season Lavenders belong to the Lavandula x intermedia (Lavandin) group, but some cultivars of Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender) are also prized for their midsummer blooms.

  • Lavandula x intermedia, also called Lavandin, is a hybrid cross between Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula latifolia. Cultivars are slightly less hardy than L. angustifolia, and are taller with mounds of gray foliage and long loose spikes. They tolerate hot (dry) weather better than English Lavenders. Cultivars are commercially grown for their high yield of oil which, however, is inferior in quality to L. angustifolia's oil. This Lavender type is great for hedges, rock gardens, as an accent plant and is also popular in potpourris or as a culinary herb.
    Flowering typically occurs in July or August and tends to last until late summer.
  • 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, these Lavenders 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.

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 5 – 9  
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant TypePerennials, Shrubs
Plant FamilyLavandula - Lavenders
ExposureFull Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
MaintenanceAverage
Soil TypeChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PhAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil DrainageWell-Drained
CharacteristicsCut Flowers, Dried Arrangements, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
ToleranceDeer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rabbit, Rocky Soil
AttractsButterflies
Landscaping Ideas Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Traditional Garden

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