Lavender is one of the most popular small garden shrubs. Plants have narrow, oily and aromatic evergreen leaves and bear dense spikes of small tubular flowers in summer.
Cultivars of Lavandula x intermedia are a cross between Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula latifolia. They are typically larger and more robust than Lavandula angustifolia, and flower over a longer period. They also have broader leaves and longer flower stalks, making them particularly suited to using as a cut flower.
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Olympia’ has the strong scent and late-flowering characteristics of other intermedia cultivars, but has a more compact habit, so is more suited to growing in pots. It bears dark purple flowers above grey-green foliage.
For best results, grow ‘Olympia’ in well-drained soil in full sun. Cut back the flower stalks after they have finished or leave them to set seed for birds such as house sparrows. Trim back plants in April, if necessary.
Lavandula ‘Olympia’ and wildlife
Lavandula ‘Olympia’ is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, birds, butterflies/moths and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers, provides shelter and habitat, has seeds for birds and makes a good wildlife hedge.