Lavandula x allardii
This hybrid of French and Spike lavenders is noted for its lovely variegated foliage and especially aromatic purple flowers. Taking serrated foliage from its French parentage, this 2-3' high lavender has leaves that are a lovely cream color with a central green rib. Come summer, 14-18” tall stems of small pale lavender flowers decorate the plant. Though not a long flowering selection, the blooms are highly attractive to local bees and hummers. With its attractive foliage and eye-catching flowers, this is an excellent lavender for use in a rock garden, as a border planting or as a low hedge. Ideal for a container as well. Its leaves have a high oil content, making it an especially fragrant choice for flower arrangements or potpourris. Plant in full sun to light shade in fast draining soil. Prune in early spring to maintain its compact shape. Heat tolerant. Deer resistant.