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31/03/2014 at 17:15

I'm thinking of alternating Hidcote with Munstead along a 3 sided border.  Will this work or will it look a pig's ear?  Please advise before I spend a fortune on plants!  Many thanks.

Edd
31/03/2014 at 17:32

I think Verdun may have tried this combination. So should be around soon.

31/03/2014 at 17:48

thank you.  I've messaged him.

31/03/2014 at 17:52
What a coincidence - i was thinking exactly the same - not sure whether to Alternate, or do blocks of each, or just keep the varieties very separate. Will be watching answers with interest
31/03/2014 at 18:07

Just been talking to someone who doesn't think it will work because Munstead is a bit of a thug apparently & Hidcote more compact.  But I too was thinking of blocks, maybe even white along front & the other two down the sides, but that might really look a pig's ear.

31/03/2014 at 19:14

Just messaged you Rose

I would not mix but prefer to plant one variety.  It will look better either as a hedge or in blocks.  Munstead is hardier I think and better as a hedge for me but Hidcote as isolated plants lok nice because foliage is more silver.

No don't think any,lavendar is a "thug".  All need cutting back after flowering, quite hard in fact, and then they remain compact and good looking....like me 

31/03/2014 at 19:38

In which case, why is there not a photo of you on your profile?!  Thanks for your reply.  General concensus is that it's better not to mix, so will go with that.

31/03/2014 at 21:24

And thanks from me too - blocks it is

01/04/2014 at 22:13

I'm trying to grow a lavender hedge too, I had a go a few years ago when I first started gardening..I, in my inexperience, cut the lavender back really hard but far too late in the year, not one plant survived. As it's a fair few plants needed I just couldn't afford to buy a load of them... There was a deal on for 25 plugs for next to nothing from an ad on gardeners world so I've been raising them and will have another shot at it.

So I've learned not to prune to hard to late. I hope this is useful to anyone thinking on it..pretty obvious, if you know I suppose.

Another lavender horror story I came across was of a Chinese lady, a gardener and a garden centre. The lady wanted 50 lavender plants right round her garden, a lawn and all those lavenders and nothing else. That's fine...whatever she wanted was her choice....actually sounds quite nice...if you had acres of land you could have a dedicated lavender garden, anyway the gardener I was working for asked for advice from the garden centre on how to plant it, they said good drainage and good compost, so he did all that.......all 50 plants died!! I believe he planted another 50 plants and they all died too....I've seen this chap I do occasional work for but daren't ask how that saga turned out, a very sore point indeed.

So I learned not to fuss lavender, I hope he did too. I just plant mine in any old soil after that, the less fuss the better in my view.

Sorry it's a bit long winded but hard lessons to learn and best shared. 

01/04/2014 at 22:20

I suppose it may look quite nice to dot randomly a few at informal points for some interest, if they grow at different rates, you'd have to wait till they were a certain size before shaping the hedge. I dare say you could cut back the stronger one a little harder then the weaker.

I'm growing the same sort of hedge I spoke of, 2 different varieties, it's very early stages and I hope they go for it this summer. be really interesting to see how it develops.

01/04/2014 at 22:38

Rosemary, that IS my photo.  

 

Edd
01/04/2014 at 23:22

I understand your 'joy' Verdun. 

This image changed my life. ( other things were going on in my life at the time, but this image was on a vase i bought and it did change my life.

Royal worcester i think?.

http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/9/7/1/4/3/4/webimg/739454933_tp.jpg

 Not 100% sure why i told you that?

Regards

Edd.

02/04/2014 at 16:24

I sooo wish I hadn't asked.  After agonising have just bitten the bullet today & ordered 50 plants (money is an object but only buy charity shop clothes), then I read Jimbolena's horror story!  Should I send husband out to scrape off compost he's been putting on, or leave & mix into our clay soil?

Why did I ever start this.....

02/04/2014 at 20:13

To be fair Rosemary, the gardener I worked for filled half the hole with sharp sand. I feel that's a mistake. He was told they needed good drainage, I've found I just plant them in the soil in my garden and they've always grown good and strong.

I have heard and not just from my own experience, that they don't like fuss but I'm sure they'll be fine, just plant away. I'm sure that some very experienced gardeners will help you no problem, I'm sorry I worried you about my story...I feel the sand was a bad idea.

08/04/2014 at 16:07

Ask guys from Megaflowers about prices, not to spend the whole fortune because they know everything in this field)

08/04/2014 at 16:42

I planted a hedge of alternating Hidcote and Edelweiss lavendrs at the top of a retainer wall made from sleepers.  the soil is fertile but they have good drainage and full sun so cope well with my usually harsh winters.

I find the blue ones flower a bit earlier on shorter stems than the white ones so I get a longer season of flowers and the white ones disguise the blue flowers going over.  They are always all covered with masses of bees and hoverflies.

If I did it again, I'd probably be more formal and do all Hidcote or all Edelwiess and keep it uniform but they do the job I wanted - attracting pollinators to my soft fruit trees and bushes.  They've even made babies in the gravel bed below so I can spread them to another sunny, well drained spot.

 

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