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Santolina chamaecyparissus, or cotton lavender, is a Mediterranean shrub that makes a neat, rounded bush, with finely divided foliage. It's ideal for using as groundcover, to fill gaps at the front of the border, and is also well suited to growing in pots.
Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Pretty Carol’ is a small cultivar. In summer it bears bright yellow pom-pom flowers, in contrast with silver, fragrant foliage. It's extremely attractive to pollinators, including bees. For best results, grow Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Pretty Carol’ in moist but well-drained soil, in a sunny, sheltered spot. Protect from winter frosts in colder regions, or grow in pots to move indoors in autumn. The Royal Horticultural Society has give it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.
Cultivar: Pretty Carol
Plant type: Evergreen shrub
Flower colour: Yellow
Foliage colour: Silver
Feature: Scented flowers, Aromatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun
Skill level: Beginner
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