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Tim Sharples: Lavender Fields

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Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso'
Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso'

This lavender has a strong summer show of richly scented, bluish-purple flowers. They are ideal for sunny, quick-draining Mediterranean-type gardens, or for fringing long borders flanking a path so that visitors can brush their hands along the flowerheads. Since the plants aren't totally hardy, they need a sheltered, sunny position, and in areas with winter frosts, they need to be grown at the foot of a south-facing wall. If in doubt, dig up and keep over winter in a large pot in a frost-free greenhouse. Give a light all-over trim in early spring to promote lots of new growth.

Design inspiration

"Fields of lavender are an increasingly common sight in the English landscape, reflecting the perennial popularity of this much-loved garden favourite. We've recreated a mouth-watering miniature lavender landscape using 700 highly-prized and eminently versatile Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso'."

Tim Sharples - designer of the Lavender Fields garden

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