Lavendula angustifolia- these plants are hardy to zone 5, which
is what our growing zone here in mid-Michigan is. Most
angustifolias average about 22-24" in mature size, and are slower
growing than the lavandins. These also bloom earlier in the season
(May/June) and some varieties will rebloom in the fall. In planning,
allow about 24 inches of spacing between plants.
Folgate (18"-24") This is hands-down the hardiest lavender that
I have worked with in all the years I've been growing lavender in
mid-Michigan. It has a wonderfully compact shrub growthwith
narrow gray-green leaves. A bright blue color introduced into Britain
prior to 1933. A very fragrant lavender that is also a great culinary
lavender. Wonderful for dried bundles.
Hidcote Superior (20") Compact plant makes a great low
hedge. Deep purple flowers. Known for its long blooming season,
summer through fall!
Melissa (24") A white flowering lavender that is very hardy.
Fragrant and makes wonderful cut flowers (really shows off
beautifully next to the purple/lavender/blue flowers in a bouquet.
Great for dried bundles, sachets, fresh and also for culinary uses.
Pacific Blue (24") Flowers are bright violet-blue in color.
Shorter flower heads on shorter stems. Gaining in popularity for
essential oil. Good fresh or dried flowers and for culinary use as well.
Pacific Pink (20") Lovely soft pink flowers and a great hedge,
and landscape plant.
Platinum Blonde (24") What a beautiful plant with its
cream/green variegated leaves! Wonderful addition to any lavender
garden to add variety to foliage. Blue/lavender flowers. Good upright
mounding growth pattern. Great for sachets as well as culinary
purposes. Also can be used as a container lavender with the correct
Royal Velvet (18"-20") This plant has compact grey foliage
and 12"-14" flower spikes, making it one of the most desirable
angustifolias for landscapes and bouquets. Both flower and bud are
very dark and velvet-like. A must for the lavender collector.
Violet Intrique (24") Compact plant that makes a good
border because of its dense mounding habit. Violet flower spikes are
about 2" long.
Lavendula x intermedia (Lavandins) Lavandins grow faster and larger than the
angustifolias - averaging 36" across with longer flower stems and more flower buds per
stem than angustifolias. They tend to bloom in late June/July and sometimes into August,
depending on the season. In planning your garden, allow about 36 inches of spacing
between plants.Less hardy than angustifolias but can grow in Michigan. Will suffer more
if extreme cold conditions and not protected (snow cover is best!). If planting in Michigan,
will do better on south side - especially if up against a building or wall and not exposed to
as much wind.
Gros Bleu (30") Very dark flower with stems that are 15"-22" long. Very fragrant. .
Grosso (24-30") Compact plant, tight silvery foliage. Produces long stems of fat, dark
violet flower spikes. Very popular plant for both oil production and dried flowers. Very
popular plant for the home garden and the commercial lavender grower. Wonderful in
sachets as well.
This plant is not winter-proof, so if you plant outside, or put container outside during the
spirng and summer, be sure to bring it inside before first frost of the season.
Goodwin Creek This is my favorite container lavender. It blooms almost
continuously. Just prune back after it flowers and try to keep it in shape as it can tend to
sprawl, although I've seen it look beautiful as a hanging basket plant when done
purposely. Beautiful silvery/green foliage with serrated leaves and lavender flowers.
Email or phone 989.832.4908.
If you are looking for HARDY perennial lavenders that will do well in
zone 5, then look no further! We have been growing lavender in
mid-Michigan since 1999 and can definitively tell you which lavenders
will perform best in your own garden. Please note: because I cannot
control the individual environment of the plants when they leave, I
cannot offer any guarantees on plants.
|"I should prefer the Delights of a Garden to the Dominion of a World."
will be available here at our farm only (Midland, Michigan). We no
longer ship plants. This year's offerings are listed below. Plants are $8
each. We will do our primary plant sale on May 10th, the day right
before Mother's Day. We invite you to visit the farm that day and pick
up your lavender plants then. If not, we can make arrangements for you
to pick up your plants at another time.