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Melissa Lilac Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia 'Dow4'

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Melissa Lilac Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Dow4') at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Melissa Lilac Lavender flowers

Melissa Lilac Lavender flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Melissa Lilac Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Dow4') at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Melissa Lilac Lavender in bloom

Melissa Lilac Lavender in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  English Lavender, Common Lavender

Brand:  Monrovia

Description:

Long lasting silvery white blooms with a blush of lilac from early to mid-summer; dense, silvery-green foliage is very aromatic; a perfect choice for edging or massing in the garden

Ornamental Features

Melissa Lilac Lavender has masses of beautiful spikes of fragrant white flowers with lilac purple 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 remain grayish green in colour throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Melissa Lilac 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.

Melissa Lilac Lavender is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Melissa Lilac Lavender will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. 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.

Melissa Lilac Lavender is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. 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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