Lavandula X intermedia
This “Lavandin” caught the attention of my nose many years ago, and it proved an easy plant in the garden. A hybrid between L. angustifolia and L. latifolia, both of which are vigorous plants tolerant of warm humid Summers. They also perform well in dry climates and are known for their very intense scent. ‘Provence’ grows fast to 3’ tall and wide and can be used as a short aromatic hedge. It takes well to pruning when young and blooms profusely in the mid-late Summer. One of the few “French Lavenders” mild enough to be edible, the light blue flowers also make excellent dry flowers for sachets. Pick before the flowers are fully open for best results or leave them to be enjoyed by bees and butterflies. Cut back immediately after bloom is finished by no more than 1/3rd - at the latest by first week in September, to maintain appearance for next season. Lives about 5-6 years.