Clacton Road, Essex, CO16 9DN
01255 831083

June 2, 2023

Plant of the Month: English Lavender

English Lavender: The Bees Love It!

Lavender, with its delicate fragrance and beautiful blooms, is a beloved plant that captures the hearts of gardeners and nature enthusiasts alike. Among the various lavender varieties, English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) stands out as a favorite for its scented bushy evergreen foliage and vibrant spikes of dark blue flowers. At Hilltop Garden Centre, we are delighted to showcase English Lavender as our esteemed Plant of the Month.

One of the most alluring qualities of English Lavender is its ability to attract bees and other pollinators. Bees simply adore the nectar-rich flowers, making English Lavender a vital addition to any pollinator-friendly garden. As these busy insects visit the flowers in search of nectar, they contribute to the vital process of pollination, supporting the health and diversity of our ecosystems.

The striking appearance of English Lavender adds elegance and charm to any garden setting. The silver-grey leaves create a lovely contrast against the vibrant spikes of dark blue flowers that appear in mid to late summer. These blossoms not only provide visual delight but also emit a soothing aroma that wafts through the air, creating a serene and relaxing atmosphere in your outdoor space.

Cultivating English Lavender is relatively easy, as it thrives in well-drained soil and requires full sun exposure. This resilient evergreen perennial is known for its drought tolerance, making it a suitable choice for those seeking low-maintenance plants. English Lavender can be grown in various garden settings, including flower beds, borders, or even in containers on patios or balconies.

To ensure optimal growth and longevity, it is essential to provide English Lavender with proper care. Regular pruning is recommended after the flowering period to maintain its shape and encourage a bushy habit. Additionally, removing spent flower spikes promotes continued blooming and prevents the plant from diverting energy into seed production.

In terms of usage, English Lavender offers a myriad of possibilities. Its fragrant blooms can be harvested and dried to create potpourri, sachets, or scented oils for various uses around the home. The aromatic flowers are also a delightful addition to floral arrangements, infusing the space with their captivating scent.

Whether you are an experienced gardener or a novice with a green thumb, English Lavender is a wonderful choice to enhance your garden's beauty and attract beneficial pollinators. At Hilltop Garden Centre, we are pleased to offer a wide selection of English Lavender plants, ready to bring their enchanting presence to your outdoor oasis.

Visit us today and explore the exquisite world of English Lavender. Our knowledgeable staff will be delighted to assist you in choosing the perfect specimens and provide expert advice on how to cultivate and care for these remarkable plants. Transform your garden into a haven of beauty and fragrance with the mesmerising allure of English Lavender.

Mon - Sat: 9am to 5pm
Sun: 10am to 4pm
phonemap-marker linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram