Long Blooming Lavender Collection
Long Blooming English Lavender Collection will bring color and intoxicating fragrance to your garden all season long! English Lavenders begin the season, starting with twice-blooming Sharon Roberts English Lavender and Miss Katherine Lavender, an unusual pink variety. Next up is Blue Cushion English Lavender, which will start with profuse blooms in late June, continuing throughout the summer.
As the season progresses, our French Lavender will become the focal point. In mid-summer, Grosso Lavender, a large-growing variety (30” tall x 3-4 ft. wide) will come into bloom with dark blue flower spikes. Grosso is wonderfully fragrant a makes a good choice for lavender sachets and culinary use. Grosso will be complemented by Lavender Gross Blue, a compact-growing Lavender with indigo-blue calyces and Lavender flowers, that have a sweet, long-lasting fragrance.
And finally, in September, re-blooming Sharon Roberts English Lavender again fills your fall garden with fragrant blooms.
Hardy in zones 6-9. The Lavender Collection could be grown in zone 5b but you should take care to insulate the Lavender plants with mulch or cover in the winter.
Two sizes are available - 5 plants (1 of each) and 15 plants (3 of each). We reserve the right to substitute a plant with similar attributes. Save $5-$15 off the single plant price.
HBLCX05 (Collection of 5)
HBLCX15 (Collection of 15)
|Common Name||Long Blooming Lavender Collection|
|Botanical Name||Long Blooming Lavender Collection|
|Zones||6, 7, 8, 9|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Flower Color||Pink, Blue, Purple|
|Mature Height||Varies - Gros Bleu 24-30" tall; Grosso 30-32" tall; Miss Katherine 15-18" tall; Blue Cushion 12-16" tall; Sharon Roberts 24-30" tall|
|Mature Spread||Varies: Gros Bleu 30-36" wide; Grosso 36-48" wide; Miss Katherine 24-30" wide; Blue Cushion 12-16" wide; Sharon Roberts 24" wide|
|Bloom Time||Late spring to mid fall|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Well-Drained Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Average, Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"|
|Advantages||Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)|
|Special Groups||High Country Gardens Introduction|
|Ideal Region||Anywhere In The US|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Tips for Growing Lavender
Lavender are sun-loving plants that thrive in hot weather and grow best in arid climates. Lavender plants will be taller and wider in mild winter, hot summer climates. The same varieties when grown in cold (zone 5-6) winter climates tend to be more compact. Lavender plants require two-to-three growing seasons to reach mature size.
Lavender plants are at their best in the drier parts of the US like the Great Plains, Intermountain West and West Coast (which has a true Mediterranean climate (wet winters and dry summers). The key is to make sure you choose a variety with sufficient winter cold hardiness for your region. (‘Vera’ and ‘Pastor’s Pride’ are among the most cold hardy.) Yet with proper soil preparation, and planting site selection, Lavender can also thrive in moister, more humid climates like the Mid-West, East Coast and Mid-Atlantic states.
- Plant in full sun with good air circulation.
- Plant into well drained soil. Compost-enriched garden loam is alright in drier climates, sandy or gravel soil is best in moister climates. Heavy, poorly-drained clay soils will be fatal.
- Select a raised or sloped bed, or a planting site against a hot wall or along a cement/asphalt walk or driveway where the reflected heat keeps growing conditions hotter and drier.
- New transplants need regular watering. Don't let the plants get too dry. Supplemental watering can be greatly reduced the second growing season as the plants become established.
- When using drip irrigation, place the emitter off to the side of the plant, not right on the root ball to avoid overwatering of mature plants.
- Fertilize once annually in the fall with a top dressing of Yum Yum Mix.
- Mulch with gravel or pine needles in arid climates. In moister climates mulching with gravel will protect the crown from excessive moisture and soil splashed onto the foliage.
More in-depth guidance for growing and maintaining Lavender plants: Growing Lavender, Lavender Bliss, A History of Lavender, The Bold and the Beautiful: New and Recent Lavender Introductions and Lavender: An Old World Herb That Has It All.
Soil Preparation: Remember that proper soil preparation is the key to healthy, vigorous blooming perennials. Use Yum Yum Mix and a high quality compost at recommended rates to prepare the soil. Inoculate the plant roots with Plant Success mycorrhizal inoculant. Planting: Plant according to the mature size of the plant. Don’t be tempted to put the plants too close based on their size in the pots. They’ll grow quickly and cover the space shown in the planting map. (Maps included only with Pre-Planned Gardens, not Collections.)
Fertilizing: Once annually in mid-fall, after plants begin to go dormant. Use Yum Yum Mix or Yum Yum Mix Winterizer at recommended rates to improve the soil and provide essential plant nutrients.Use it with high quality compost, mix half and half by volume and spread on top of the soil. Scratch it in lightly and water thoroughly. It is also beneficial to treat the plant roots with Plant Success® mycorrhizal root inoculant if you didn’t do so at planting time. (Inoculation only needs to be done once.)
Mulching: In arid climates mulching is very beneficial. Coarse textured composts, shredded leaves, pine needles and composted bark are all excellent mulch materials. Apply to a depth of 1-2 inches. Replenish annually (or as needed).
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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