Posted: 07/04/2013 at 18:17
English lavender is hardier than French lavender, and some English lavender are a lot hardier than others. My English lavender 'Sawyers' is a sliver leaved variety and more tender tha most. It has not survived this winter in a reasonably sheltered spot although Imperial gem, a much hardier one, survived in an exposed spot, in a pot (which gives less portection than open ground.
In the winter of 2011 all my bay laurels appeared to have been killed, all the leaves went brown, the stems went black, and I could see no new growth until JUNE! I nearly dug them up in May!! Now they are back up to 4 ft tall and looking really healthy.