FlowerKisser® After Midnight' English Lavender: 2019 Plant Of The Year
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.
The genus Lavandula has been a source for fragrant, medicinal oils and beautiful ornamental plants for centuries. Native to southern Europe and north Africa, this group of small growing shrubs are the perfect plants for xeric (waterwise) landscapes adapting nicely to nutrient-poor but fast-draining soils. FlowerKisser® After Midnight Lavender has flowers that are nicely fragrant, and moderately aromatic foliage.
Here are more plant details:
- At maturity, the plant will reach a size of 24-28” tall (in flower) and about 30-36” wide.
- It is USDA zone 5 cold hardy once established (two growing seasons), grow in zones 5-9.
- Vegetatively propagated by soft-wood cuttings
- Grow it in full sun in a fast draining, not-too-rich sandy to loam soil. (Avoid clay.)
- Deadhead after the initial flush of flowers have faded by mid-summer. In my experience, it isn’t a strong re-bloomer.
- Highly attractive to bees and butterflies that seek out its nectar and pollen.
The Legacy of David Salman | High Country Gardens founder David Salman was a pioneer of waterwise gardening, a passionate plant explorer, and a charismatic storyteller. His commitment to cultivating a palette of beautiful waterwise plants transformed gardening in the American West.
Shop All Lavender From High Country Gardens
Lavandula intermedia ‚Phenomenal‚ PP24193 (French Hybrid Lavender) is notable for its outstanding cold hardiness and tolerance to heat and high humidity. The plants grow ...Learn MorePhenomenal Lavender Phenomenal Lavender Lavandula intermedia Phenomenal PP#24,193As low as $15.99 Sale $14.39Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Enjoy lovely Lavender all season long! Our Lavender Collection includes carefully selected fragrant, hardy and long-blooming varieties. Enjoy Lavender blooms from late spring through...Learn MoreLong Blooming Lavender Collection Long Blooming Lavender CollectionAs low as $66.99 Sale $60.29Per Collection of 5
Lavandula angustifolia ‚Wee One‚ (English Lavender) is a special dwarf variety that blooms with a wonderful display of short blue flower spikes only 10„ tall. It is...Learn MoreWee One Dwarf English Lavender Wee One Dwarf English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Wee OneAs low as $13.49Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Lavandula angustifolia ‚FlowerKisser® After Midnight‚ (English Lavender) has stunning, dark colored flower spikes with deep indigo-blue calyxes and large violet-purple f...Learn MoreFlowerKisser® After Midnight English Lavender 'FlowerKisser® After Midnight' English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia 'WWG002'As low as $15.49 Sale $13.94Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Lavandula angustifolia ‚Royal Velvet‚ is very showy in bloom. It is covered with long stemmed, dark navy blue and lavender flower spikes. The 3 to 4-inch long flower spi...Learn MoreRoyal Velvet English Lavender Royal Velvet English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Royal VelvetAs low as $12.99Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Lavandula angustifolia ‚Hidcote Superior‚ (English Lavender) is sweetly fragrant, uniformly compact and blooms with darkly colored lavender-blue flower spikes in late spr...Learn MoreHidcote Superior English Lavender Hidcote Superior English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote SuperiorAs low as $13.99Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Lavandula intermedia ‚Grosso‚ is a large growing French hybrid lavender with dark blue flower spikes in mid-summer. An impressive profuse bloomer ideal for drying or culi...Learn MoreGrosso French Lavender Grosso French Lavender Lavandula intermedia 'Grosso'As low as $12.99Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Lavandula angustifolia ‚Vera‚ (English Lavender) is an outstanding heirloom English Lavender known for its sweetly fragrant oil, dark lavender-blue flower spikes, and com...Learn MoreVera English Lavender Vera English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia VeraAs low as $15.49 Sale $13.94Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Lavandula angustifolia ‚Hidcote Blue‚ (English Lavender) is an improved strain of Hidcote English Lavender with darkly colored lavender-blue flower spikes in late spring....Learn MoreHidcote Blue English Lavender Hidcote Blue English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote BlueAs low as $12.99 Sale $10.39Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Explore More High Country Gardens Resources
Visit Our Sustainable Backyard Learning Center
How To Grow Lavender
High Country Gardens Plants Of The Year