Lavender Heights?

earthychickMay 12, 2009

The more "research" I do on lavenders, the more confused I get ---- so I thought I would ask those who actually grow lavender to help. Which lavender will give me an intermediate size (about 24" in height tops)?? For example, I have seen lavender "Grosso" quoted as reaching anywhere from 20" to 36". 36" is too high but if it really only gets to be 20-24", great. I have an area that is sunny next to a paver walkway (I am already trying Munstead in another area, so I want a different variety). I have read that Provence is more "contained" in size that Grosso --- is this true?

Am also wondering about the color --- photos are not always accurate ---- mid-range purples and blue/purples are great, but I have seen some photos that look dark purple, which is not the "typical" lavender look that I want.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

I'm sure others will speak more about the specific lavenders. But as far as the ranges, that's because there is variety in all living things including lavender. There is also variability in growing conditions of a site. Some conditions inspire wild, crazy growth. Other conditions can inspire more moderate or even meager growth. As a rule, expect something more in the middle of the range but be prepared for either end of the range.

Oh yeah, growing conditions can affect colors as well.

Variability of monitors, digital cameras, and/or printing that can radically alter the appearance of things in on-line or print catalogs. And that's without even mentioning PhotoShop! ;)


    Bookmark   May 12, 2009 at 7:43PM
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granite(z6 NC)

Grosso is a large lavender with a moderately dark flower head and a powerful scent.

Provence is large, but not as tall as the Grosso and has the classic lavender-blue flower color. The scent is full and very sweet.

How tall the plant gets depends on the age of the plant, and how you prune the bush.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2009 at 10:05PM
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Height can also depend on your climate - it won't get so tall if grown in a cool or very mild climate, but could get huge in a hot Mediterranean climate, like its native habitat.

As with an awful lot of herbs, they can get bigger than most people realise!

    Bookmark   May 13, 2009 at 12:51AM
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Responding to "granite" --- are you growing both Provence and Grosso in North Carolina? I was thinking of Provence, but was somewhat concerned re: height at the edge of border.

I have also seen a lot of buzz recently about a lavender called "Lady" but have no real info --- does anyone have experience with this one?

    Bookmark   May 13, 2009 at 9:40AM
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granite(z6 NC)

I'm growing those and more in the mountains of NC.

Lady is very, very tiny; maybe 12" tall with small (1/2" or so) very dark flower heads. It is a repeat bloomer over the course of the growing season and it is the only lavender I am aware of that will bloom in its first season. Doesn't have much of a scent.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2009 at 6:22PM
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