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Lavandula × chaytoriae 'Richard Gray' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Dark Purple in Summer

Foliage

Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

lavender 'Richard Gray'

Family

Lamiaceae


Lavandula are small aromatic evergreen shrubs with usually narrow, simple, entire, toothed or lobed leaves and small tubular flowers in dense spikes in summer

'Richard Gray' is a compact evergreen shrub to 50cm, with relatively broad, silvery-grey foliage and spikes of deep purple flowers

Synonym(s)

  • Lavandula angustifolia 'Richard Gray'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Prefers a well-drained neutral to alkaline soil but tolerates acidic conditions. In heavy soil improve drainage as lavender does not tolerate waterlogging. Potash will encourage flowering but high nitrogen fertilisers and manure will result in 'floppy' plants

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings, may not come true from seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Wildlife Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 10, after flowering

Pests

Leafhoppers may be a problem

Diseases

Grey moulds may be a problem