Lavender (a half-shrub where the leaf stalks are somewhat woody) is one of the most popular garden plants in Europe. Not for nothing, because in summer the plant produces beautiful flowers and in winter it keeps its leaves. There are, however, quite a few types of lavender. In Europe you will generally find Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula stoechas. The first is the most famous and has flowers as you know them from the rolling lavender fields of southern France. The Felice® is an improved version. The period from the color showing buds to the actual flowering of the plant is longer than other angustifolia species, so you can enjoy this plant for longer. Moreover, the flower of this plant is larger and also available in various colors such as purple, pink and white.
The Felice® produces beautiful flowers and keeps its leaves in winter. Moreover, you can use it in all directions. Whether you are going to use the plant in the open ground along paths and flower beds or in beautifully colored pots on the terrace or balcony. Everything is possible. And … so easy. Lavender requires almost no maintenance, while you can enjoy those beautiful, fragrant flowers. This of course also applies to the Felice®, which grows best in a sunny and open place in your garden. Careful pruning is best done in the period from June to September. Drastic pruning is done in the spring, between mid-March and April. By pruning the plant well, you keep it nice and compact (around 50 cm high), which results in many young shoots.
Everyone knows that lavender smells wonderful. But did you also know that lavandula comes from the Latin word “lavare”, which means washing. Not for nothing, because when there was no soap, people washed with water to which lavender had been added. It not only gives a nice scent, but also has a calming effect. Now it is therefore often added to various cosmetic products. You can also use lavender in the kitchen. The most delicious products are made with the addition of lavender. From cheese and honey to chocolate, ice cream and cookies. Tip! Replace thyme recipes with lavender, delicious!
The Lavandula stoechas Anouk® (also known as crested lavender or butterfly lavender because of the shape of the flowers) is the only Lavandula stoechas that produces flowers all summer long, making everything there nicely colored, from early spring until well into summer (just remove the old buds!). And … because of the strongly scented leaves, you get the feeling that you are in the middle of Provence. In addition, you can combine it endlessly in your garden. Because the plant is available in the colors white, (dark) purple and pink. Are you looking for a plant in an attractive colored pot for your balcony or terrace? No problem. You can also find these at the various garden centers and florists.
Just like the lavender angustfolia, the Anouk® stoechas requires almost no maintenance, while you can enjoy those beautiful, scented flowers all summer long. But … the following applies: pruning is flowering. If you do not prune this plant regularly, the branches underneath. The result is that only leaves and flowers are formed at the top of the branches. After flowering, the finished flowers and a small piece of the branches can be cut away. Drastic pruning is done in the spring, between mid-March and April. Within the Stoechas family, “Anouk®” is the most hardy, scents wonderfully and has beautifully shaped flowers.
The flowers of the Stoechas Anouk® have a very strong scent and do not only make you want to go on holiday, but also keep lice away. Bees, butterflies and other insects, on the other hand, like to come back to visit if you have this plant in your garden. This lavender plant offers a lot of nectar and blooms several times a season so that beautifully colored butterflies continue to visit your garden. The leaves smell very different from the “normal” lavender. Try it out by picking some leaves and rubbing them in your hand. You will notice that you smell a clear pine scent.