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Lavender: Sarah Berringer Bader’s picks for best bloomers, hedges, containers, and strongest scent

by Timber Press on August 27, 2013

in Gardening

When it comes to lavender there are plenty of choices. With more than 450 named varieties and more being discovered all the time, deciding which one is right for you can be a challenge. In The Lavender Lover’s Handbook, author Sarah Berringer Bader details 100 of the most beautiful and fragrant varieties. She also provides recipes and craft ideas for your lavender harvest.

Here are some of Sarah’s picks for best lavenders:

Best Lavenders for Hedges

Alba, one of the best lavenders for hedges

To create a hedge using lavender, try these larger lavenders.

  • Lavandula angustifolia ‘Royal Purple’
  • L. ×intermedia ‘Alba’
  • L. ×intermedia ‘Fragrant Memories’
  • L. ×intermedia ‘Fred Boutin’
  • L. ×intermedia ‘Grappenhall’
  • L. ×intermedia ‘Grosso’
  • L. ×intermedia ‘Provence’

All-Season Bloomers

Madrid Purple, one of the best all-season bloomers

For lavender that blooms more than once in a season, try these hardworking cultivars.

  • Lavandula angustifolia ‘Buena Vista’
  • L. angustifolia ‘Croxton’s Wild’
  • L. angustifolia ‘French Fields’
  • L. angustifolia ‘Sharon Roberts’
  • L. stoechas ‘Madrid Purple’
  • L. stoechas ‘Spanish Curly Top’

Best Lavenders for Containers

Lavenite Petite, one of the best lavenders for containers

Smaller and more compact, these cultivars are great for planting in your favorite containers.

  • Lavandula angustifolia ‘Blue River’
  • L. angustifolia ‘Dwarf Blue’
  • L. angustifolia ‘Hidcote Superior’
  • L. angustifolia ‘Lavenite Petite’
  • L. angustifolia ‘Little Lottie’
  • L. angustifolia ‘Thumbelina Leigh’

Lavenders with the Strongest Scent

Grosso, a lavender with one of the strongest scents

These lavenders are known for their high oil content and strong fragrance. There are fragrant Lavandula angustifolia varieties, but they generally have a more delicate, floral note.

  • Lavandula ×intermedia ‘Fat Spike’
  • L. ×intermedia ‘Grosso’
  • L. ×intermedia ‘Hidcote Giant’
  • L. ×intermedia ‘Impress Purple’
  • L. ×intermedia ‘Provence’
  • L. ×intermedia ‘Super’


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“The best recent all-around lavender book with something for gardeners, crafters, and cooks alike.” —Library Journal

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1 Kathy Kimbrough May 5, 2012 at 11:52 am

I am a garden coach and lavender farm designer. I bought Sarah’s book at the International Lavender Conference in Sequim last week. What a great reference book! I have already used it to help design a lavender farm in North Carolina. Great pictures, plant facts and recipes. I will be recommending it to every lavender farmer and lavender lover I know.

2 Brian Ridder May 7, 2012 at 12:15 am

Thanks for the kind words, Kathy! We’re glad you like the book and find it useful.

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