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Munstead, Hidcote or ................?

I want to plant lavender in the beds either side of my garden seat on the patio.  It will be in front of David Austin climbing roses Wollerton Old Hall which will hopefully be pale apricot/cream in colour (only planted this winter).  Which variety would you recommend for colour and fragrance?  I would like the plants to soften the edges of the patio a bit without becoming too straggly or woody, but I haven't grown lavender before, so would welcome any suggestions.  Thank you!

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  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,013
    I would choose Hidcote image

    PamLL x
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,179

    Good choice Pam. Munstead also good I think from memory.

    There's also a white variety Lily but not sure of the variety or if it's as 'flowery' as the usual ones. That's not much help is it ..sorry!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,179

    Sorry I wrote Lily when I meant hct...image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,064

    I have blue Hidcote and white Edelwiess lavenders planted alon the top of a retaining wall where they get good drianage and full sun.  They are bothe hardy and flower well each year although the white is slightly longer stemed and flowers later.

    Both are pruned right back after flowering is over so are easy to keep compact and tidy though I have to say they look a bit sad after this winter.  No doubt they'll perk up though.  They usually do and are full of bees buzzing in summer and good perfume.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Lavender and roses - yummy - can we really believe that is going to happen?

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,064

    Forgot to add I also put some Munstead lavenders in my ros ebed to help keep off the aphids but they don't cope as well with our winters and I've recently had to remove two more corpses.  Two left but straggly.  i hope they'll be OK after some TLC but will always plant Hidcote in future.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Gold1locksGold1locks Posts: 498

    After visiting Norfolk Lavender and seeing a long row of Imperial Gem in a field, alongside many other varieties,  I would always choose it for a low edging. The colour is so vivid. The fragrance is wonderful too, but I suspect that can be said for all the English lavenders. 

    http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=1126

     

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,064

    That certainly is a vivid blue but I suspect I need an H5 hardiness rating for my grdaen, even in teh well drained bits.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thanks for the link Gold1locks.  It's helpful to see a photo.  Has any one got a photo of Munstead or Hidcote growing in their garden by any chance?

    Should I dig some horticultural grit into the ground before planting?

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