Lavandula angustifolia 'Imperial Gem'


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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Aromatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Jo Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (70353)

Plant details

English Lavender is a large Mediterranean shrub, up to 1.8m (6ft) high, growing wild on dry, sun-baked hillsides. Numerous forms and hybrids have been selected for gardens, most of them much more compact and enjoying full sun, warmth and very good drainage. 'Imperial Gem' is a compact bushy variety, similar to 'Hidcote' but much more prolific in flower, as the dense grey bushes are covered in tight spikes of rich purple blooms. It is an excellent form for hedging and as a specimen evergreen for borders and formal gardens.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Lavandula

Species: angustifolia

Cultivar: Imperial Gem

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to take cuttings: April to August

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