Lavender - French (Lavandula stoechas) HSh/BB
Derived from the Latin ‘lava’- to wash, lavender was used by the Romans to scent their bath water. Its wonderful fragrance has been used for perfumes, insect-repellents and for masking household and street smells. It also has a peculiar power to ease stiff joints and relieve tiredness. Lavender likes a well-draining soil and a sunny, warm spot. This french variety seems to be pretty hardy here provided it doesn't get too wet in winter. Flowers are purple with helicopter petals emerging from the top above grey leaves. Ht 30in. Cut back after flowering to encourage bushy growth.