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Posted on 10/23/2010 5:09:47 AM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT
I'm in the process of designing a little garden and I want to plant some tall lavender.
I found the type of lavender called "Old Grappenhall"and it's the tallest. I'm not using low to ground lavender & can't seem to find it for sale on the 'net. Have looked dozens of places with no luck
Sometimes the same plants are sold under different names. I searched under Grappenhall lavender and found:
Did you try Jekka’s Herb Farm & Blue Heron Herbary online? If you put the lavender in the search engine, several online herb sellers come up. You may already have tried all of them to no avail, though. We try ebay for everything, too, and many times they have what we’re looking for.
Types of Lavender:
right now i’m there on ebay looking around, thanks so much for your kind reply.
Can you help her out? ping.
that’s exactly what i was looking for.........i kept keying in Old Grappenhall....thanks!!!
Here is another source:
I have gotten some great heirlooms from eBay. Diana is a garden guru, perhaps she can help.
the idea here for the tallest lavender is this plant would compliment height being planted underneath and in front of the hollyhocks(omg i love them sooooo much)....it’s been fun designing this little garden it’s only two patches of graces but enough to plant something that it would it look nice and not so bare in front of two sets of windows on ground floor level...thanks so much for all of your responses
my other project is a combined long-term outdoor flower art installation that i’m doing with a hillside and spirea
“She slept azure lidded..on blanched linen...smooth and lavendered..”
who’s magical words are these? very interesting.
I do plant to harvest some of this,too!
I use to dry lavender and use it in clothes drawers. I also boiled it and put the water in a spray bottle. You can spray your sheets lightly and they smell wonderful. Better than any sleeping aid. Just a thought.
ty ty :)
i shall post a pic of my cottage garden in Summer of 2011
ty! i’ll remember these tips
Lavender is one of my favorite plants. When I lived in Ohio, I killed my fair share of them (by the dozens!) despite being trained as an OSU Master Gardener. Btw, “Provence” is my absolute favorite variety.
Here are some things that are absolutely crucial about lavender cultivation in the NE. (I clicked on your name to be sure you were in VT. Climate matters with lavender.)
1. Your soil for lavender must be fast draining. Planting in a raised bed is nearly essential, when you live in an area that gets winter “snow pack.” Add organic material to clay soil for drainage. Do not add sand.
2. Lavender grows wild in places like Greece. It’s essentially a Mediterranean plant and it needs HEAT. Given that NE is not noted for its hot weather, you’ll have to help out. Be sure your lavender plants have large rocks as their edging: they absorb heat all day and will release heat at night. If you aren’t putting these plants in a full southern exposure, find a new spot. Otherwise, you are wasting your time and money.
3. Do not overwater. Once established, DO NOT WATER AT ALL, in fact. Not unless VT gets some drought that goes from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Make sure you don’t let your little lavenders trick you: They will start to wilt a few days after you have them a good soaking, and you’ll want to water them again. Don’t do it. They are warning you...that your watering is causing them to die of dehydration. Yep. Those plants that are wilting are usually dying of dehydration. This is because too much water is destroying the working root system. A plant that is overwatered will die of dehydration 100% of the time, guaranteed. And it will be wilting (looking in need of water) when it does it. But it makes sense when you think about it; the roots are melting away and they can no longer deliver water to the plant.
4. If fragrance is important to you, do NOT fertilize your herbs, lavender included. It robs your plants of scent, at the expense of green growth.
Lavender is the ultimate “Plants for Dummies” plant. It can be hard to grow because we kill them with kindness....because we love them so much! They need lousy, rotten, rocky soil. Little water. No fertilizer. Rocks to keep them warm.
Good luck :)
thank you for this most valuable information!
i could never have found this anywhere, especially about putting stones around them. rest assured they will be in full sun and dry soil...i’m so excited about this little project. i’ll send you pics in Summer 2011.
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