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Lavandula Provence 04-12-13Today’s Special is our ‘Provence’ Lavender. These perennials are growing in 1 inch plug containers for $1.59 each.

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Well-drained soils are a must, particularly in winter. Root rot commonly attacks plants grown in poorly-drained soils. Plants prefer a light, sandy, alkaline soil with somewhat low fertility. Remove faded flowers to promote continued bloom. Prune to shape in spring after new leaves appears. Prune back to 8″ in spring every 3 years to control plant size and to promote robust, new growth. To combat high humidity, consider using rock instead of organic mulch. Plants are not reliably winter hardy in northern areas of USDA Zone 5 where they appreciate sheltered locations and winter protection.

This popular hybrid lavender is often used for the herb garden. Although it is rarely used for culinary purposes, it is frequently used as an addition to sachets and potpourris. It is a semi-woody plant that typically grows in a shrubby mound to 2-4′ tall. Gray-green leaves (to 2 1/2″ long and 1/4″ wide) appear on square stems. Flowers appear in terminal spikes (to 4″ long) in summer. Both foliage and flowers are highly aromatic. Leaves are evergreen in warm winter climates. Hybrid cultivars vary somewhat in habit, flower color, aromatic intensity and bloom time. ‘Provence’ is one of the tallest of the lavandins. It gets its cultivar name from the area in southeastern France adjacent to the Mediterranean and Italy (Provence) where it is commercially grown in large plantings for the perfume industry. Flowers and foliage are heavily scented. This a mounded, shrubby cultivar that typically grows to 30-36″ tall. It features fragrant light lavender flowers in summer on upright stems clad with aromatic silver-gray foliage. Does best in zones 5-8.