What colors do lavender make

Lavender in special colors

Lavender is a subshrub that combines several good properties. Its flowers are symbolic of happy summer days in the countryside. Its irresistible scent flatters the nose and the flowers can be used in many ways: sewn into a scented pillow, as a natural bath and cosmetic additive, for baking, cooking or mixing all kinds of culinary delicacies. It has long since proven itself in garden design because lavender needs little to develop well. He gets along very well with a calcareous, nutrient-poor garden soil and little water - only warmth and above all a lot of light are important.

Lavender in the front yard

Lavender feels right at home where other flowering plants start out with hope, only to perish in the barren soil. Almost every garden has a particularly hot and dry area where many other plants would need plenty of watering in the summer. Lavender, on the other hand, is much more frugal and requires significantly less water. Especially areas that shouldn't be a lot of work can be attractively greened with lavender. The best example are front gardens, which are framed by fragrant lavender and become a true experience for the senses.

A lot helps a lot: Those who are consistent simply plant the entire area with the subshrub - ideally with different flower colors, such as those offered by the Downderry lavender range, for example. Simon Charlesworth, known to connoisseurs as the secret lavender pope, has grown a huge variety of different types of lavender in his Downderry Nursery in Kent in southern England. The German range is adapted to the local climatic conditions. Since the winters in southern England are much milder, only frost-hardy varieties were selected for German gardens. These include classic purple flowers as well as blue, white and pink ones.

The Downderry variety Lavandula angustifolia ‘Rosea’ (left) forms inflorescences with small, pale pink mini-flowers. The blue-violet flowers of the ‘Cedar Blue’ variety (right) create great contrasts with the lighter varieties of lavender

‘Rosea’, ‘Cedar Blue’ and ‘Edelweiss’

Not all lavender is created equal. It is worth paying attention to the specific characteristics of the different varieties. They differ, for example, in terms of height and shape. The appearance of the flower also varies greatly. The Downderry variety Lavandula angustifolia ‘Rosea’ forms many pale pink mini-flowers at the tips of its approximately 60 cm high stems, which combine to form a sugar-sweet cloud. Its compact, cushion-like growth makes it an ideal border for a bed. The variety ‘Cedar Blue’ forms a very similar growth habit. However, its flowers are blue-violet - a great contrast to lighter lavenders. A white lavender variety has the appropriate name ‘Edelweiss’. It can reach a height of about 75 centimeters. The radiantly beautiful flowers bring bright accents to the lavender borders.

Spring is the best time to plant lavender

The hardy lavenders have the great advantage that garden owners can enjoy them once planted in the years to come. All you have to do is cut back to a third of the plant height in spring so that the subshrubs remain compact, dense and blooming. Then the plants sprout and form new flower stems in summer. If the new flowers have wilted, they can also be cut off and used as you wish. By the way: Spring is the best time to plant lavender and after Easter you will find a large selection in different shades in many tree nurseries and garden centers.

Video: how to cut lavender correctly

In order for a lavender to bloom abundantly and stay healthy, it should be cut regularly. We show how it's done.
Credits: MSG / Alexander Buggisch