Platinum Blonde Lavender
Oh, Lavender, we loved you already. Your dreamy violet-blue flower spikes make us swoon. Whether coloring the fields in the south of France or brightening a bedroom in a simple bouquet, your blossoms make us smile. Your fragrance—so fresh and calming—soothes our frazzled nerves. We put you in our soaps, balms, and lotions to inhale your reassuring scent. Your foliage, silvery green and persistent throughout the year, gladdens us in the depths of winter. But these bright blonde highlights are too much! Platinum Blonde™ Lavender is a stunning Spirit with creamy yellow variegation that will make you fall in love with Lavender all over again.
- Hardiness Zone: 6
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Although it’s native to the Mediterranean region, this type of Lavender Spirit is commonly known as English Lavender. It grows so well in England and has been cherished there for so long that many people think it’s actually native there. The variety known as Platinum Blonde™ originated in Valencia, Spain. All Platinum Blonde™ Lavender plants come from one branch sport that was discovered at a nursery there in 2006. A branch sport is a spontaneous mutation of the new growth on a single branch of a plant. In this case, one sprig just wanted to try being a blonde!
Keep Platinum Blonde™ Lavender near your door, so you can easily snip flowers for the house. You can use the blooms in fresh arrangements or dry them. Toss a satchel of aromatic dried lavender blossoms in your drier or dresser drawer, or put one in a hot bath for a fragrant soak. You can even eat lavender blossoms! Make a pretty and sophisticated Lavender-infused lemonade, or mix dried, pulverized Lavender flowers with sugar to make elegant cookies and cakes.
How to Grow
Plant Platinum Blonde™ Lavender in full sun in soil that drains quickly. Sandy or gravelly soils are ideal, and loamy soils (medium textured) are good, as long as they don’t contain much organic matter. In heavy (clay) soils, you may need to amend with crushed gravel. Planting on a slope so that excess water can run off or planting the root ball a bit higher than the soil line will help prevent moisture from settling in the crown, which can lead to disease. Lavender doesn’t like to be spoiled! A hot, dry, low-fertility environment is what it craves. Too much kindness, in the form of water or fertilizer, can be deadly. You can trim Platinum Blonde™ Lavender all summer to shape it as you like or to cut flowers, but avoid any major trimming in the fall. Wait for new growth to emerge in spring before doing any serious pruning.
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