Information about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld
Lavandula species, hybrids and cultivarsFamily: Lamiaceae
Generally, the Lavenders are not well suited to the humid tropical and subtropical regions of Queensland, yet many gardeners in the region like to try growing these classic cottage garden plants. This page is especially for those wishing to grow lavender in Qld.
So-called English lavender (L. angustifolia, also known as L. vera, L. officinalis or "true" lavender) is the type typically used as a herb and for perfume but is unfortunately the least suitable for growing here. Neverless, it's sometimes seen for sale in local garden centres (often the cultivars 'Munstead' and 'Hidcote').
"French" lavender (L. dentata) is usually advised for the subtropics but is not suitable for perfume or edible purposes.
Many new cultivars and hybrids of this and other lavender species are coming onto the market every year and may be worth trying. These are also bred for ornamental use rather than fragrance and are probably not edible, either.
The grey leaves and Mediterranean origin are an indication of the type of conditions these plants prefer. Ensuring good drainage and air circulation, supplementation with lime or dolomite and rejuvenation with light pruning after flowering (but not into old wood) should help them look good. Nevertheless, However, they'll probably need replacing after a few years.
The naming of the lavenders is quite confusing and is only likely to become worse as more species, hybrids and botanically unidentified trademarked lines are brought onto the market. Those interested in investigating the lavenders further should check out the links at the bottom of this page.
Where to buy lavender plants
Provided they will grow in your region, general garden centres might have have lavender plants for sale (be sure to look in the punnet section as well as the larger potted perennials). Garden centres are the most likely to stock varieties bred for landscaping use.
Herb nurseries and cottage garden specialists are also places to look for lavenders.
Sometimes lavender farms that operate as tourist attractions might have nurseries attached that will sell you plants.
More Online Information
NB: some species or cultivars referred to in links may be may be unavailable in Australia
Topped lavender (Lavandula stoechas) National Weeds Strategy, Australia
Lavender: History, Taxonomy, and Production North Carolina State University
Lavender University of California, Davis (PDF)
Lavender woes Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture
Yes, Lavender Can Be Grown in Hawaii Hawaii Horticulture
Less than lush lavender Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture
Trimming lavender and herbs Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture
The Iberian Lavenders by Joan Head (Extract from The Mediterranean Garden No 42, October 2005) The Mediterranean Garden Society
Warm Climate Production Guidelines for Herbs (PDF) (includes notes about lavenders in heat and humidity)
Growing Lavender in Containers Colorado State University
Why is lavender such a good Meditteranean genus? in: Harrisiana, Newsletter of the friends of the Harris Garden, UK (PDF)
Lavender Encyclopedia of Stanford Trees, Shrubs & Vines (PDF)
Lavandula angustifolia Lavender, English Lavender Univ. Florida
English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia. University of Arkansas
Lavandula angustifolia Ecocrop database, FAO
Lavandula angustifolia 'Buena Vista' Missouri Botanical Garden
Lavandula angustifolia 'Rosea' Missouri Botanical Garden
Lavandula angustifolia 'Tucker's Early Purple' The Herb Society of America
Lavandula dentata French Lavender. Cal's Plant of the Week, University of Oklahoma
Lavandula dentata Ecocrop database, FAO
Lavandula intermedia Ecocrop database, FAO
Lavandula x intermedia 'Provence' UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, University of British Columbia, Canada
Lavandula latifolia Ecocrop database, FAO
Feather-leaved Lavender (Lavandula bipinnata) Flowers of India
Lavandula multifida 'Spanish Eyes' Cal's Plant of the Week, University of Oklahoma
Lavandula stoechas 'Kew Red' The Herb Society of America
Lavandula stoechas 'Madrid Blue'syn. L. stoechas 'Madrid Sky Blue' The Herb Society of America
Growing and Marketing Lavender Looks at the Lavandula (formerly known as Spica) group (L. angustifolia, L. x intermedia, L. latifolia) Washington State University (PDF)
Lavender Production, Products, Markets, and Entertainment Farms Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas, USA
A Taste of Provence describes the installation of a lavender garden at the US National Arboretum
Knot Gardens Filioli Estate, near San Francisco (PDF)
Lavandula officinalis Rooting Database, University of California, Davis
May be misspelled Lavander