Sensational!™ Lavender

'Sensational!®' Lavender (Lavandula x intermedia) is an improved, easy-to-grow variety that features unusually large flower spikes on a compact form, with thick stems and silver foliage. Like most Lavender varieties, Sensational™ features fragrant flowers and foliage, and will thrive in hot, sunny, and dry growing conditions, but is also a great choice for gardeners in the Eastern US because it’s tolerant to both humid heat and damp cold spring soil.
Zones5 - 9
Advantages
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Attract Butterflies
bee-friendly
Bee Friendly
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Deer Resistant
fragrant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
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Good For Cut Flowers
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Great For Mass Plantings
Light Requirements
full-sun
Full Sun
Water Tolerance
Low-Water
Mature Height 18" tall and 30" tall when in bloom
Mature Spread24" wide
Bloom TimeMid summer to early fall
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Item Package SizePlant - 5" Deep Pot
SKUHC017864

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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'Sensational!®' Lavender (Lavandula x intermedia) is a seedling of the famously versatile and easy-to-grow Phenomenal Lavender. This French hybrid is a great choice for the Lavender enthusiast who wants to expand your collection and add new texture and forms. Fragrant flowers and foliage are highly deer and rabbit resistant. For gardeners everywhere, the vigor and exceptionally large flowers spikes are an eye-catching addition to the low-water garden. Lavender grows best with well-drained soil and plenty of sun. Plant it with white-flowered Lavandula x intermedia ‘Edelweiss’ to accentuate the dark blue flowers of Sensational! Lavender.
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SKUHC017864
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Common Name
Sensational!™ Lavender
Botanical Name
Lavandula x intermedia Sensational!™
Zones
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Blue
Mature Height
18" tall and 30" tall when in bloom
Mature Spread
24" wide
Bloom Time
Mid summer to early fall
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Waterwise
Advantages
Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Cut Flowers, Great For Mass Plantings
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Coastal California
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships To 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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