I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Are we all ready for Christmas? Except for some baking and making some fudge I am as done as I attend on getting for this year.
I am back to the trial gardens again for this posting.
A couple of new lavender plants were being tried out at Franklin Park this year. Two were of the Laveanna series which originated from Spain.
“Laveanna Pink” Lavender (Spanish Lavender)
Laveanna Pink was a lovely upright lavender with shades from light to deep purple flower spikes. The pink in the name comes from the pink on the tip of the flower spikes which does not show up here in my pictures very well. The blooms on this lavender were smaller than some other lavender blooms. Blooming from spring to early summer and in the autumn these lavenders were looking lovely in October. A tender perennial lavender growing in zones 8 to 9.
“Laveanna Purple” (Spanish Lavender)
Laveanna Purple was also a very upright plant in the trial bed.
The flower spikes on the Laveanna Purple are medium in size and blooms from spring to early summer and in autumn.
There is also another in the Laveanna’s series called “Laveanna White” which has a white tip on the purple flower spikes. I did not see it in the trial beds or just overlooked it, but I wish I had gotten a picture of one. It can be seen here if you would like to see one. The blooms on this particular lavender are larger in size than the others in the Laveanna series. Alas, these Spanish lavenders will not be growing in my zone 5b-6a zone garden since the are hardy in zones 8 to 9.
“Ellagance Snow” Lavandula augustafolia
Ellagance Snow has snow white flower spikes from June through August. A compact mounding lavender plant with a height of 12 to 14 inches. A hardy perennial to zone 5.
Ellagance Snow had a wonderful fragrance and the bees were enjoying the blooms on a sunny and warm October day.
I have two lavender plants in my garden. The old fashioned hardy one and I planted a new “Jean Davis Pink” last summer.
It only put on a few blooms this fall so I am anxious to see what it will do next year.