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11/03/2014 at 22:07

Hi

 

We'll be putting a couple of large planters in front of our bins to disguise them a little.  I'd like to use lavender, and wondered if there are any varieties particularly good in containters?  I know lavender tends to grow min all sorts of situations, but wondered if you have any favourites?  The bins are about 70cm tall. 

More than happy to have a different variety in each pot 

12/03/2014 at 10:28

Really depends on what you want to achieve. Lavenders all require sun and good drainage. Have a look on the crocus website for good pictures of the flowers, heights and spreads. Then just choose, it's difficult to recommend anything, as your question is a bit open, but a good rule is to be happy with the choice you make as taste is a very personal thing.

All the lavenders are good performers if treated properly, you have to be happy with the choice you make. 

 

12/03/2014 at 10:29

i like hidcote french ones look lovely but mine have never lasted through a northern winter

12/03/2014 at 10:39

I would probably say Hidcote.  The french ones are often more fancy looking but buy one in flower and check out the smell if that is an important factor.  I don't think french lavender smells as nice as English - something a bit sour about it.  Ours are in raised beds with free draining soil and have gone mad - a bit too mad.  On reflection, if we had gone with dwarf Munstead we might have been able to see the flowers behind them!  Sometimes think about changing them, but they look so happy and the bees would miss them.

Edd
12/03/2014 at 11:12

You will need good drainage and full sun as Dave says. I have Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead' in 80cm by 35cm tubs and they do well every year. Good scent too.

12/03/2014 at 11:47

I agree with Edd. Munstead has always served me well in the North West of England in pots or the ground.

 

12/03/2014 at 12:04

Munstead it is then!  Thanks very much.

12/03/2014 at 13:12

There is a wonderful lavender farm in Norfolk and they sell plugs of a great many varieties.  Look them up on the web - they will be able to advise you, but can also offer varieties that are not available in the garden centres.

I grow "bunny ears" lavender in a hot, dry spot in France - it needs a very poor, stony soil - great of you intend to neglect it!  However, if you want something taller there are many other varieties.

12/03/2014 at 15:28

Thank you!  I'll take a look at that site.

13/03/2014 at 13:36

Hi Edd - is that 35cm width and 80cm depth? how many plants do you have in that space?

13/03/2014 at 13:40

And don't forget that lavender needs to be cut hard back every year immediately after flowering or it'll grow long and straggly, so it won't mask the bins al the time.  

Here's the Norfolk Lavender Farm website

 http://www.norfolk-lavender.co.uk/pages/a-fragrant-experience.php 

 

 

14/03/2014 at 10:06

Try www.lavenderworld.co.uk the sell really good plants at reasonable prices.

18/03/2014 at 17:23

Great, thank you!

Edd
18/03/2014 at 18:45

Hello pariate.

I have been away for a few days and expecting a lot of seed growth. I had some results but what i got surprising me. My lavender in a tub on top of a 5ft wall!

This is the tub that is 1 year old and cut back 2/3.

If you look to the left of the pic you will see a finger pointing to a new flower!!! The left side, it looks a bit dead on the right but it is not. its just east facing and is hemmed in with surrounding houses and high walls. 

I was presently surprised.

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39767.jpg?width=350

 

 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39769.jpg?width=350

 

 Sorry its blurry. I am no good with phones. We need cameras, not crap telecom systems!!!!! I might need the rant thread. 

 

Kind regards

Edd.

 

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