Coming from New Zealand, this lavender is quite distinctive with its pom-pom flower spikes. Compact and dense, extremely fragrant with intense violet flowers, Lavandula angustifolia 'Lavenite Petite' is a top choice for containers thanks to its short stems, up to 6-8 in. long (15-20 cm) and tight foliage. Both foliage and flowers are highly aromatic.
- Hardy, 'Lavenite Petite' is loved by gardeners for its long lasting and delightful scent as well as the fashion in which its lavender flowers beautifully contrast with its gray-green foliage.
- Blooms once in mid to late spring (early to mid May). Lavenders blooming once may enjoy a second, smaller flush of flowers during the season and maybe a third one if the flowers are cut soon enough.
- Evergreen in warm winter climates, it typically grows in a compact 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) bushy mound.
- This perennial is very versatile and can be used in perennial borders, containers, rock gardens or herb gardens. Its fragrant flowers may be dried and used in potpourris. Spectacular effect in mass plantings.
- Thrives in full sun and performs best in dry to medium, poor, light, sandy, alkaline, well-drained soils. Excellent drainage and air circulation are essential, specifically in hot, humid climates.
- Drought, deer, rabbit and dry soil tolerant and a real magnet for bees and butterflies!
- Trim back in spring to encourage bushier growth. Remove spent blooms to encourage new blooms.
English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), also called True Lavender or Common Lavender, is a type of lavender often associated with the famous purple lavender fields of Provence. Despite its common name, it is not native to England, but to the Mediterranean and counts over 40 different cultivars with flower spikes varying from blue-purple, lavender, violet-blue to white-pink. They create drifts of "cool" colors that sway elegantly in the summer breeze atop a beautifully contrasting gray-green to green-purple foliage of narrow leaves. Growing up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm), this Lavender type is great for formal or informal edging perennial along walkways, raised walls, and borders; also planted in beds, rock gardens, and in mass plantings. This is also the "queen of herbs" for herb gardens.