Lavandula angustifolia Mitcham Gray

Mitcham Gray Lavender

 

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Mitcham Gray is a rarely offered cultivar of English lavender similar to 'Hidcote Superior' with a compact growth habit, dark lavender-blue flower spikes, and gray-green foliage. But it is a faster grower than the slow-to-mature 'Hidcote Superior'.

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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
Good for Cut Flowers
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Evergreen
Evergreen
Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Low Maintenance
Great for Mass Plantings
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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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 63116P

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An excellent English variety. Chief Horticulturist, David Salman loves deeply colored Lavenders which is why he often recommends this cultivar to his friends. 'Mitcham Gray' a rarely offered cultivar, rivals 'Hidcote Superior' in color with its deep violet-blue flowers. This variety has attractive gray-blue foliage as well. It can be used throughout the garden in endless color combinations. Harvest summer flowers to encourage more blooming. If needed, cut back winter-killed stems and foliage in spring. Thin out interior branches once every three or four years in the spring. Be sure to not cut back the woody growth. (cutting propagated)
SKU 63116P
Common Name Mitcham Gray Lavender
Botanical Name Lavandula angustifolia Mitcham Gray
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 24" tall
Mature Spread 24-28" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type 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, Good for Cut Flowers, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Evergreen, Good Rockgarden or alpine plant, Low Maintenance, Great for Mass Plantings
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, 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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3.2

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

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    • Patio

    Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Mitcham Gray:

    This plant made it through our winter which was very dry. I think you should offer it more often.

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    1.0

    None survived the first winter.

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      • Small In Size

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Mitcham Gray:

        Will choose bigger plants to plant in Fall.

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        1.0

        Did not grow

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        from austin,tx

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        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Fragrant

        Cons

        • Flimsy
        • Small In Size

        Best Uses

        • Garden
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        Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Mitcham Gray:

        Had these before, they grew well, got old and had to be replaced. New plants were small and did not thrive, I was very disappointed.

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        4.0

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Mitcham Gray:

            I put this in the hellishly hot 2-foot strip in the alley behind my house, where it gets blazing sun, car fumes, insects, dog pee and has to compete with other non-natives. The mice don't seem to bother it. I babied it the first year, bringing it water, and cutting back surrounding plants. Now it holds its own against the ivy, crabgrass and other random plants. It has dusky green foliage and soft purple flowers--not as vibrant or as numerous as pictured here. But I only water it a couple times a year. It's tough--doing well in a tough environment.

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Mitcham Gray:

              drought tolerant, easy to care for. consistently flowers several times during the year, just needs to be sheared after flowering.

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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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