Lavandula angustifolia 'Ellagance Sky'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: Lavender-English|
Not to be outdone by the other award-winning members of this series, 'Ellagance Sky' won the Fleuroselect Gold Medal in 2006. The judges based their selection on similar criteria: quick crop time, uniformity, floridity, a basally branched habit, and its unique flower color.
This is the first variety of first year flowering L. angustifolia to have light violet blue flowers. They are produced in abundance atop bushy mounds of silver-green foliage from midsummer through early fall.
'Ellagance Sky' makes a lovely edging but can also be used in containers or planted in drifts.
Lavender has been grown for centuries for its intensely fragrant flowers and beautiful appearance. It is a staple item of every sunny garden, and its dried flowers are widely used in potpourris and arrangements.
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Low water needs
Want to see wings?:
Need critter resistant plants?:
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
Looking for seasonal interest?:
Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Lavender must be grown in full sun to be able to produce flowers, so do not hesitate to plant them in those hot, dry areas where nothing else seems to grow. They will actually growbetter in poor, gravelly soil than in rich humus; don't be tempted to enrich the soil when you plant it. Sharp drainage, especially in winter, is essential for preventing crown rot. Other than that, Lavender is known to have few problems with pests and diseases. Shearing back the evergreen foliage in early spring will rejuvenate plants and stimulate new growth.
The name Lavender comes from the Latin word "to wash." Lavender was commonly used to scent soap.
Though lavender is often used in potpourri, its flowers are also edible. They add a sweetly perfumed to spicy taste in both savory and sweet foods and drinks.