Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Plant Review- Lavandula angustifolia "Lavance"

We recently received an email from a customer regarding one of the plants that she purchased at the Sunshine Lavender Farm Harvest Celebration this past June. We decided to share this informative email (along with a few other tips regarding this lovely plant) with our readers...
Dear Sunshine Lavender Farm,
First and foremost, I wanted to thank you for hosting such a wonderful summertime festival on your farm! My girlfriends and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and are already looking forward to returning together next year! 
The reason for my email is to give you a quick update on a plant I purchased at that festival from one of your very informative volunteers. The plant tag says it is Lavandula angustifolia 'Lavance'. I decided to purchase this particular variety of lavender due to the fact that I have limited ground growing space around my home. But, I do have a small but nice (and very sunny) deck that I keep filled with as many potted plants as I can fit. I have tried several other lavender varieties (usually purchased from one of the chain garden centers). Within a few weeks of being planted in a pot and placed on my deck, they ALWAYS die! I've tried everything...I had almost given up! Until I spoke with the women assisting with plant purchases on Saturday. After I explained my situation to her, she lead me to the 'Lavance' variety and explained that due to its size and growing habit, it would be very happy to grow and thrive on my deck. She was right (as you can see by the attached photos)!!

I will keep you updated on "our" progress. Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you soon at the Hillsborough Farmers Market!
Take Care- Happy Customer 
In addition to this email, we thought it would also be helpful to include a few additional growing tips regarding the 'Lavance" variety of lavender-
  • Dwarf hardy perennial with abundant lavender blooms.
  • Leaves are lance-shaped and blue- green with a white overlay that creates a silvery metallic color.
  • Leaf color is more intense in low water situations.
  • Performs better in containers than other English Lavenders.
  • Blooms borne profusely all summer.  
Mature Plant Size: 12" Tall, 18" Spread 
Light Exposure: Full Sun 
Hardiness Zones: 5 - 9 
Bloom Time: May - September 
Soil Type: Well-drained Loam 
Soil pH: 5.5 - 8.0
Thank you so much for your email...We LOVE to hear from our happy customers!

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