Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh

Thumbelina Leigh Dwarf English Lavender

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Thumbelina Leigh is a robust dwarf growing English variety with plump, deep lavender-blue flower spikes, and a strong, sweet fragrance. Maturing to a height of about 15 inches, it is one of the most compact cultivars in cultivation.

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Zones 5 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Good for Dried Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Summer
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SKU HBLVMXX

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What an incredible Dwarf English Lavender! 'Thumbelina Leigh' is very showy with its deep purple-blue calyxes and dark lavender flowers held on sturdy, well-branched stems. Nice blue-green foliage.

A heavy bloomer with plump yet tight flower heads, its compact size makes it useful as an edging plant along paths, in rock gardens or mixed with other taller Lavender cultivars. (cutting propagated)
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HBLVMXX
HBLVM21 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
63119 (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Thumbelina Leigh Dwarf English Lavender
Botanical Name Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Mature Height 12-15" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Good Rockgarden or alpine plant, Good for Dried Flowers
Ideal Region Suitable Above 7000 ft, Coastal California, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

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.

These perennials are a superb choice for the drought-resistant garden, doing 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). In the Mid-West and Eastern US, sandy soils are a must, and planting on a slope or in a raised bed provides optimum drainage. For the southern US with hot, humid heat, Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas) is the best choice. For large growing Lavender, we recommend French Lavender or hybrid Lavender (Lavandula intermedia) varieties. 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. Lavender Phenomenal does particularly well in areas with more moisture and humidity.

  • 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.


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4.3

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  • Hardy (5)
  • Attractive (4)
  • Accurate instructions (3)
  • Fragrant (3)

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5.0

It made it through winter!!

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh:

    It's hard to rate the plant for looks because I got it in fall and planted it and kept my fingers crossed. When I looked at it about a month ago, I was afraid it didn't survive winter as the branches were brittle. I pretty much had written it off but got brave and looked today and there was new growth!!! I am excited to see how it will do this spring and summer. I have always wanted a lavender plant so I am hoping it wont disappoint. We live in WY at about 5200' elevation and have semi cold winters so was very impressed with this little guy!!

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    2.0

    Arrived frost damaged

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    from Los Angeles area, CA

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh:

    The two plants I ordered arrived in a condition that looks like frost damage. Well, I hope it's frost and not anything worse or potentially spreadable to my existing plantings. It's still early in the season (even for California) so, I planted them and will wait to see how they fare.

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    5.0

    Just Ordered Again!

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    from San Bernardino

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    • Attractive
    • Fragrant
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh:

      Added flowers and shrubs to my walkway and the dwarf lavender is everyone's favorite. They grew beautifully and have filled out.

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      5.0

      Great plant.

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      from West Virginia

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh:

        I use it in my rock bed which has several perennials in it.

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        5.0

        Great litle lavender

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        from Flemington NJ

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        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • tight flower heads and deep purple color

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh:

            This is a terrific little lavender for the front of the bed and edging.

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            5.0

            Great little Lavender!

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            from Los Ranchos, NM

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            • Fragrant
            • Hardy
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              • Patio

              Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh:

              Wonderful edging lavender. Bushy and beautiful. Ours bloomed twice last summer and fall! (It was a strange weather year here..) Highly recommend!

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              3.0

              Waiting for spring

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              from Minneapolis, MN

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              • Fragrant

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              • Small In Size

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh:

              Plant was VERY small upon arrival, but the site agreed with it, and growth was substantial during its first season. Very frangrant, but in mid-January, it's far too early to tell whether or not the plant will survive the winter and re-emerge in the spring.

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              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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