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Which Lavender should I choose?

SeasiderSeasider Posts: 10

I want to rplace my tatty worn out lavender bushes with a fresh ones. I don't know whether to choose Hidcote or Munstead. Is it just a matter of looks or what makes a better pot plant / individual bush / hedge / copes with dry/ copes with wet etc? Or can I just use both without worrying about anything ?

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,567

    Munstead is smaller growing than Hidcote & has lighter-coloured flowers.  Both are "English" lavender varieties so reasonably hardy, but all lavenders need sun and well-drained soil.  Perhaps you need to have a look at the available varieties and see which you prefer...

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/thread/?threadId=78986

    Found this with some more suggestions seasider. I don't know where you are beside the sea but Verdun is in Cornwall.

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,045

    I have Hidcote growing as a mini hedge along the edge of a bed held up by a railway sleeper retaining wall.  It is in full sun and well drained tho the soil is rich and fertile.  It is a lovely deep blue and is covered with bees when in flower.  

    It is in full sun and we do get very wet winters but nevertheless it thrives and has withstood some seriously cold winters down below -20C, with and without snow.  OH takes the shears to it every autumn to cut it back to just below the spent flowering stems so it stays compact and tidy and hasn't got woody and leggy.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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