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IS THIS LAVENDER?

FallonFallon Posts: 59

Can anyone advise please?

We moved to a house with a lovely garden 2 years ago. We have tidied it all up and cut back a lot of the bushes last year. and they have all come back looking well except one. There is one which I thought was a lavender as it has leaves which end up being pale to silvery green when fully grown which is later in the year -about now- and also has a purple flower. It smells like lavender . I had cut it right back because the branches were all really old but I thought I had killed it until some new growth appeared not long ago which still have  tiny leaves but are still growing.I have looked everywhere for a plant the same in every garden centre I can find but I cannot find this plant anywhere. I wonder if it is a lavender at all. The leaves are a different shape to any lavender plant I have seen in the garden centres.Does anyone have an idea what this plant might be ?

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,186

    Certainly not Lavender. Not sure what it is though.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,366

    no, it's not lavender, If it has a strong smell it could be some sort of salvia but I don't recognise it

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126

    Is it possible this could be a caryopteris?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,366
    Ceres says:

    Is it possible this could be a caryopteris?

    See original post

     I wondered about that from the look but I don't think that smells like lavender? Tell you what, I'll get off my backside and so and have a sniff

    Well, it smells of something. Not quite lavender but I think you're right Ceresimage

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126

    Its worth keeping a plant like that. Bees love it.

  • FallonFallon Posts: 59

    YES ! This is the plant I have. Thank you so much !!! 

    I googled a photo and this is how it looks when in full bloom. I wonder why I have not seen it in any of the garden centres? Do you think it will recover fully? Maybe I should not have cut it back so hard.

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    Last edited: 16 August 2016 11:41:05

  • FallonFallon Posts: 59

    Thank you Verdun. I will keep an eye out for these.image

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