There are many different types of lavender, with plenty of varieties and colours to choose from.
Lavandula Augustifolia (English Lavender) has several varieties and is a popular hardy shrub:
Hidcote with its stunning dark purple flowers, remains a gardener’s favourite and is suitably hardy for the Irish climate. Once fully mature, the plant will grow to a height and spread of about 1 metre/3 feet. We call it ‘Cadburys’ Purple’ and its our best seller.
Munstead is another popular choice, with paler mauve flowers and a long lasting scent. Typically Munstead grows bigger than Hidcote.
There are also pink varieties of lavender (Miss Katherine, Rosea, Hidcote Pink to name a few) and also white varieties such as Edelweiss White. Planting several colours together creates a stunning display in any garden.
Our two acre field at Wexford Lavender Farm was planted with Dutch lavender ‘Grosso’ and English Lavender ‘Munstead’ (approximately 6,500!) in May 2013. Grosso is a hybrid variety, a cross between a true lavender and a Lavandin known for high yield oil production and a strong scent.
During Spring 2018 we will plant an additional 3 acre field with over 7,000 plants. Using English Lavender Hidcote and English Lavender Rosea to create a beautiful display of rows of dark Purple and Pink flowers for visitors to enjoy. As lavender is slow to mature, this field will take approximately 3 years to grow.