Most commonly grown are English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and French lavender (Lavandula stoechas), as well as x intermedia hybrids. English lavender and most hybrid types are hardy and can be left in the garden all year. French lavender is frost hardy, so is best kept in containers and protected over winter.
There are lots of ways to use lavender, too – try creating lavender bath oil, lavender bath bags or in the kitchen as a part of sweet or savoury dishes. Outside, try using lots of lavender plants to create a scented lavender garden.
Find full advice on how to grow the best lavender in our lavender grow guide.
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Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’
‘Hidcote’ is one of the best known of all lavender varieties, for good reason. It’s a compact variety of English lavender with mid-purple flowers and is ideal for planting in borders or as dwarf hedging.
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Little Lottie’
As the name suggests, ‘Little Lottie’ is dwarf variety of English lavender, growing to around 30cm in height. It has pale, purple-pink flowers held above green-grey foliage. Find out how to use this dwarf variety in a lavender and thyme hanging basket.
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Lady Anne’
‘Lady Ann’ is a compact variety of English lavender, growing to around 45cm in height. The flowers are pale pink and have a slight fragrance. Good for combining with purple-flowered lavenders.
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Lullaby Blue’
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Lullaby Blue’ has rich, purple-blue flowers. Reaching around 60cm in height, it’s a good choice if you’re after a more substantial lavender hedge. Like all lavenders, it’s great for pollinating insects.
Lavandula stoechas ‘Willow Vale’
‘Willow Vale’ is a vigorous variety of French lavender with gorgeous spikes of purple flowers. Like most lavenders, it has large and distinctive bracts. Deadhead the flowers once they’re past their best.
Lavandula stoechas ‘Fathead’
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Edelweiss’
Like all Lavandula x intermedia hybrids, ‘Edelweiss’ is a larger, more robust variety, with broader leaves and longer flower stalks. It has pure white blooms and makes an excellent cut flower.
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Gros Bleu’
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Grosso’
Lavandula x christiana
Lavandula x christiana is one of the rarer lavender hybrids. It’s hardy and has beautiful feathery foliage, similar to that of some artemisias, and tall purple flower spikes.
Lavender cuttings are some of the easiest to take, and will reward you with lots of new plants for free. Here’s how to take lavender cuttings in summer.