Lavandula Tiara represents an exciting new take on French lavender, with the usual greyish green aromatic foliage (evergreen, of course) but not at all usual dark purplish blue flowerheads topped off by creamy white bracts. Now that’s a highly distinctive combination, and no mistake. Sunny spot. Well drained soil. To 24 in. 2 litre pot.
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Classic English lavender is Lavandula Angustifolia, but the regally named Tiara is a recently introduced variety of its French cousin, Lavandula Stoechas. This species is easily identifiable by the flowerheads, which are held on generally shorter stems than the English type, being topped by distinctive bracts, rather like bunny ears, for want of a better description.
Lavender hail from warm and often exposed habitats, in this case the areas around the Mediterranean, so will tolerate sun and dry soils. On the other hand, they do not like it wet, especially in the winter, so well drained soil is a must when planting lavender. It's winter wet rather than winter cold which is likely to be a problem. It helps also to site lavender where they are sheltered from winter winds which could damage their evergreen foliage.
Plant care is simple in this instance. Prune in early spring (we advise cutting back fairly hard to avoid the plant becoming leggy with age)and then again, more lightly, once the first flush of flowering is over. This will trigger a second blooming period later in the season.
Lavender are, of course, noted for their scented and highly aromatic foliage, which is used in perfumery and the ubiquitous bath and skin care related products. The scent of Lavandula Stoechas is very different to that of Lavandula Angustifolia, more refeshing in our view. Have a sniff of Tiara and see what you think.
Lavandula Stoechas Tiara is a hardy evergreen French lavender with aromatic grey green foliage and blue flowerheads with cream bracts suitable for full sun.