July's plant of the month

Lavender

The dry, chalky soil and baking hot conditions with shelter from the wind create a micro-climate in the crescent garden that at times feels almost Mediterranean. It is not surprising, then, that lavender should thrive in this area of the garden. We have planted rows of English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia in two parts of the crescent garden, interplanted with tulips and alliums that flower during the spring. In the summer the flowers of a white Agapanthus push through the lavenders and in the autumn Molinia caerulea stands upright amongst the domes of lavender.

The scent of the flowers is heady and intoxicating on hot summer days and Head Gardener, Kevin Martin reports that on crisp and cold early mornings the scent from the shrubs is also strong.

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