Approximately 50 Seeds
A compact form of the popular English lavender, named after plantsman Laurence Johnston's famous Arts and Crafts garden in Gloucestershire. It produces dense spikes of wonderfully fragrant, deep violet summer flowers above slender, aromatic, silvery-grey leaves. It is possibly the best lavender for edging paths and borders and the aromatic foliage fills the air if you brush against it. It works well in a gravel garden, or clipped into a formal sphere for a modern look. The flower-spikes are highly attractive to bees and other nectar-loving insects.
SITE: full sun
FLOWERING MONTHS: July to August
SOW UNDERCOVER/PLANT INDOORS: February to June
SOW DIRECT/OUTDOORS: April to June or September to October
CARE TIPS: Cut back flower spikes in the autumn, but do not cut into the woody stem. Do not over-water, as Lavender dislikes having soggy roots.
For flowering in the first year, sow your seeds early in the year in a propagator, in good quality, moist seed compost and place on a windowsill or in a greenhouse at approximately 15°C to germinate, which normally takes 20-90 days. Alternatively sow in a well-raked seedbed outdoors April-June at 3mm deep, covering lightly with soil. Transfer to a site in full sun or partial shade in the autumn for flowering the following year, spacing the plants 41cm apart.