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Sweet Romance® Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia

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Sweet Romance® Lavender

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Sweet Romance® Lavender, scientifically known as Lavandula angustifolia, is a perennial plant that captivates with its silvery green foliage and stunning purple flowers. Recognized as a top seller and an award winner, this lavender variety stands out for its fragrant flowers and foliage, offering a sensory experience that enriches any garden setting. It is a plant that not only adds visual appeal with its beautiful hues of blue and purple but also brings functional benefits by attracting bees and butterflies while resisting deer and rabbits.

Adapted to thrive in hardy zones 5 through 9, Sweet Romance® Lavender is versatile and can flourish in a range of climates, requiring full sun exposure to reach its full potential. With a medium height and spread of 12 to 18 inches, it fits perfectly in borders, containers, and as an edging plant, making it a flexible choice for various garden designs. Its mounded habit and the ability to perform well in both landscapes and containers allow for creative uses in garden spaces, providing both foliage interest and a burst of color.

Cultivating Sweet Romance® Lavender is remarkably straightforward, suitable for gardeners of all levels. It thrives in poor soils, prefers alkaline to neutral pH levels, and is drought and heat tolerant, highlighting its low maintenance nature. The plant's bloom time spans from early to late summer, offering a prolonged display of its vibrant flowers. These attributes, combined with its utility as a cut and dried flower, make Sweet Romance® Lavender a cherished addition to any garden, promising beauty, fragrance, and a touch of romance throughout the summer months.

Plant Attributes

Sweet Romance® Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is a delightful perennial that captures the essence of summer with its rich, violet-purple flowers and silvery-green foliage. This plant is a celebrated favorite among gardeners and landscapers alike, not only for its aesthetic appeal but also for its robustness, being hardy in zones 5 through 9. Its compact growth habit, reaching heights and spreads of 12 to 18 inches, makes it an ideal choice for a variety of garden settings, from borders and containers to mass plantings.

The lavender's blooms, characterized by their enchanting blue-purple shade, begin to grace gardens in early summer and continue to add color and fragrance through to early fall. This variety is particularly noted for its ability to bloom the first year, setting it apart from others. The plant's foliage, a beautiful silver tone, adds another layer of interest, making it a standout in any landscape.

In addition to its visual appeal, Sweet Romance® Lavender is celebrated for its practical qualities. It is a magnet for pollinators such as bees and butterflies, enhancing the biodiversity of garden spaces. Simultaneously, it demonstrates a remarkable resistance to common garden pests like deer and rabbits. This lavender thrives in full sun and prefers poor, well-draining soils, showcasing its drought and heat tolerance. These attributes underscore its low-maintenance nature, requiring minimal care while offering maximum reward. Its versatility, resilience, and beauty make Sweet Romance® Lavender a cherished addition to gardens aiming for a blend of aesthetic appeal, ecological benefits, and ease of care.

Landscape Use

Sweet Romance® Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) offers versatile landscaping uses, making it a valuable addition to various garden designs and settings. Its compact size, fragrant flowers, and attractive foliage enable it to serve multiple roles in the landscape:

  • Border Plantings: Its mounded growth habit and vibrant flowers make Sweet Romance® Lavender an excellent choice for border plantings, creating a soft, colorful edge along pathways, garden beds, or property lines.
  • Container Gardening: This lavender variety thrives in containers, where its silvery foliage and purple flowers can be a focal point on patios, balconies, or as a welcoming accent at entryways.
  • Cut Flower Gardens: The fragrant, long-lasting blooms are perfect for cut flower arrangements, adding a touch of elegance and aroma to indoor spaces.
  • Dried Flower Projects: Beyond its fresh beauty, the flowers retain their color and fragrance when dried, making them ideal for crafts, sachets, and dried arrangements.
  • Edging: The compact and neat growth pattern of Sweet Romance® Lavender allows it to serve as an effective edging plant, defining garden beds, walkways, or driveways with its textured foliage and blooms.
  • Landscape Accents: With its mounded habit and striking color, it can be used as a standalone accent in the garden or mixed with other plants to create a tapestry of color and texture.
  • Mass Planting: Planting Sweet Romance® Lavender in mass creates a sea of purple and green, offering a breathtaking display that's both visually striking and highly aromatic.
  • Pollinator Gardens: Attracting bees and butterflies, it's an excellent choice for pollinator-friendly gardens, contributing to the health of the local ecosystem.
  • Rock Gardens: Its drought tolerance and preference for well-drained soils make it suitable for rock gardens, where it can add color and life amidst the stones.
  • Xeriscaping: Given its drought resistance, Sweet Romance® Lavender is ideal for water-wise gardens, requiring minimal irrigation once established.

Incorporating Sweet Romance® Lavender into the landscape not only enhances the visual appeal and fragrance of outdoor spaces but also supports local wildlife, making it a multifunctional plant that meets both aesthetic and ecological goals.

Planting & Care

Sweet Romance® Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is a beloved perennial for its aromatic flowers and easy-care nature. To ensure your lavender thrives, consider the following planting and care guidelines:

Planting Instructions:

  • Timing: Plant in spring or early fall to allow the plant to establish before the extremes of summer heat or winter cold.
  • Location: Choose a spot with full sun exposure, as lavender requires at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily to thrive.
  • Soil: Lavender prefers well-drained, sandy, or gravelly soil. If you have heavy clay soil, amend it with organic matter or consider raised beds or containers to improve drainage.
  • Planting: Dig a hole as deep and twice as wide as the root ball. Mix in a handful of gravel or sand to the bottom of the hole to enhance drainage if needed. Set the plant in the hole so that the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Backfill with soil, press firmly, and water thoroughly.

Care Instructions:

  • Watering: Water regularly after planting until plants are established. Once established, lavender is drought-tolerant, requiring minimal watering. Overwatering or poor drainage can lead to root rot.
  • Mulching: Apply a light layer of mulch to help retain moisture and control weeds, but keep mulch away from the base of the plants to prevent moisture buildup.
  • Fertilizing: Lavender generally does not require fertilizer. If your soil is very poor, consider a light application of a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring.
  • Pruning: Prune in early spring or after the first flowering to shape the plant and encourage bushy growth. Lavender can be cut back by about one-third. Pruning too late in the season can leave plants vulnerable to winter damage.
  • Winter Care: In colder zones (5 and 6), provide winter protection by covering plants with a layer of mulch or evergreen boughs after the ground freezes to prevent freeze-thaw cycles that can heave plants out of the ground.

Additional Tips:

  • Soil pH: Lavender prefers neutral to slightly alkaline soil. Test your soil pH and adjust accordingly with lime if it's too acidic.
  • Spacing: Give plants enough space to ensure good air circulation, which is crucial for preventing fungal diseases. Space plants 12 to 18 inches apart.
  • Uses: Besides its ornamental use, lavender is great for culinary purposes, crafts, and essential oil production. Harvest flowers in the morning when their oil content is highest.

By following these planting and care instructions, your Sweet Romance® Lavender will become a resilient and enchanting addition to your garden, providing beauty, fragrance, and a host of benefits for years to come.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Watering Needs: Average; requires well-drained soil and is drought tolerant once established.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: Lav-AN-dew-luh an-gus-tih-FOE-lee-uh
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Medium
  • Average landscape size: Grows 12-18” tall and 12-18” wide.
  • Special features: Award Winner, Top Seller, Fragrant Flower, Fragrant Foliage, Foliage Interest, Heat Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Attracts Bees and Butterflies, Deer and Rabbit Resistant
  • Foliage color: Silver/Green
  • Blooms: Early to late summer
  • Flower color: Blue-Purple
  • Flower attributes: Fragrant, Attracts Pollinators
  • Garden style: Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
  • Design Ideas: Ideal for creating a fragrant border or adding a delicate, aromatic touch to container plantings. Its compact size and attractive foliage make it suitable for small garden spaces or mass planting for a stunning visual impact. Perfect for cut and dried flower arrangements, enhancing any garden with its beauty and scent.
  • Companion Plants: Rose, Salvia, Coneflower, Sedum, Grasses

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