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Thumbelina Leigh Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia 'Thumbelina Leigh'

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Thumbelina Leigh Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Thumbelina Leigh') at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Thumbelina Leigh Lavender flowers

Thumbelina Leigh Lavender flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Thumbelina Leigh Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Thumbelina Leigh') at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Thumbelina Leigh Lavender flowers

Thumbelina Leigh Lavender flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  6 inches

Flower Height:  12 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  English Lavender, Common Lavender

Description:

Extremely aromatic and profuse bright blue-violet flowers will re-bloom if pruned after flowering; a neat compact form ideal for containers and rock gardens

Ornamental Features

Thumbelina Leigh Lavender has masses of beautiful spikes of fragrant blue flowers with violet overtones rising above the foliage from early to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive fragrant needle-like leaves are grayish green in colour. The foliage often turns coppery-bronze in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Thumbelina Leigh Lavender is a dense multi-stemmed annual with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Thumbelina Leigh Lavender is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Thumbelina Leigh Lavender will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. Although it's not a true annual, this slow-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Thumbelina Leigh Lavender is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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