By David Salman, Founder of High Country Gardens
I’ve been very keen on growing lavender here in the high desert of northern New Mexico for many, many years; they are a perfect match for our impoverished soils and arid western climate. I’ve also spent a lot of effort evaluating and selecting for improved cultivars (varieties). My first two introductions, ‘Munstead Violet’ and dwarf variety ‘Wee One’, have proven to be excellent garden performers.
For spring 2019, I introduced "FlowerKisser® After Midnight. It’s a plant selected from a group of seedlings raised from the seed of ‘Munstead Violet’ that was crossed with other English lavenders.
Darker and more vividly colored than its parent, the stunningly unique violet-purple flowers (botanically known as “corollas”) contrast vividly with the dark ink-blue buds (“calyxes”) making a darkly colored flower spike unmatched by any other Lavender variety.
Blooming in late spring/early summer, the flowers are held over compact growing plants with gray-green foliage.