Lavandula x intermedia
A bee’s best friend, VERY FRAGRANT, the epitome of low maintenance, and a staple of any herb garden, lavender is a common but much beloved plant, and often requested in the nursery, even though it’s (gasp!) something Annie doesn’t personally like. (Lavender’s reply, “Oh well.”). ‘Grosso’ is the darkest flowered, and most potent French hybrid available, and is grown in the perfume and cosmetic industry for its oils. The exceptionally long stems are great for cutting and drying, and they hold their scent, color, and shape for a good long time. With a wealth of medicinal and culinary uses, it’s also a friendly plant to have around the garden, and grows into a 3’x3’ densely leafy dome, enduring poor soil, hot sun, deer, and neglect. Lavenders should be replaced periodically – say, every five years - as they are a short-lived perennial.