Lavender (Lavandula vera)

Over time, and if carefully pruned, lavender plants can make large shrubs. Photograph copyright — Patsy Collins

Lavandula vera is a very popular, strongly scented hardy evergreen shrub. For the best scent, edible flowers and leaves and the hardiest plants, grown Lavandula vera, the English lavender. French lavender, lavandula stoechas is a more showy plant, but is poisonous and a little more tender. Both types are available in a range of colours from a muddy white, through pink and mauve to a rich purple.

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Patsy Collins

Patsy Collins

Author, gardener, photographer, cake eater and campervanner from the south coast of England.

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