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Lavender plants are fragrant, evergreen and iconic – and ideal for Mediterranean or European style parterres; edging for borders or islands or as specimen plants in pots, tubs or raised beds. Many different varieties are available, but some of the best known are prone to rotting and may therefore succumb to a wet winter. Which is why we grow hardier alternatives that are no less attractive but much better equipped to survive the vagaries of our climate. Our lavenders have green to silvery-grey aromatic foliage and produce masses of beautifully scented flowers in colours from light to deep blue; from purple to pink through to a pure, delicate white.

Between them, our carefully chosen varieties offer a flowering season that can extend from late April to September – please see the chart above. Lavenders attract bees, butterflies and insects – which in turn draw wild birds. They are drought-tolerant and are happy to seek out moisture – they do not appreciate being waterlogged. Lavender plants are easy to prune to create squared-off or softer shapes. Alternatively, they can be left to grow more informally.

The lavender is also exceptionally useful – its oil is highly prized; both fresh and dried flowers and leaves can be used in cooking and dried buds can be stripped and used in potpourri or sachets to fragrance clothes, linen and bedding.

Hedge Xpress has been created to offer the UK gardener top quality garden hedging plants at competitive prices, delivered direct to your door. They grow hedging plants suitable for all types of garden and all types of use. So, whether you’re looking for an ornamental specimen plant; shrubs or trees to create a boundary or lavenders and box for edging, their range offers versatile varieties most suited to the UK’s climate and soils. Their Hedge Guide will help you find the right hedging plants and lavenders for your garden. Please note that they offer a Click and Collect Service for orders under £100. Delivery Charge details.

Competitive prices are meaningless if quality cannot be assured. That’s why their Quality Control is uncompromisingly thorough. Whether you have a few pots on a patio or a nine acre nursery, the biggest challenge is dealing with pests and diseases. They never use pesticides as the first line of attack, employing, instead, a rigorous Integrated Pest Management system. Their crops are walked every working day so any pests or fungus/bacterial infection can be dealt with before they spread. They introduce predators to keep inevitable and common pests like whitefly, red spider mites and no fewer than 30 different species of aphids at bay and use special polythene sheets supplied by XL Horticulture to filter out certain wavelengths of light to reduce the aphid population by inhibiting mobility and breeding. Constant vigilance is needed – a female red spider mite may only live for five days, but that’s all the time she needs to lay 200 viable eggs.

With pests under control, they need to deal with that other horticultural necessity – water. They have installed a highly efficient gantry system for irrigation. Well-proven in Germany but rarely seen in the UK, it helps produce a far more consistent crop requiring less picking through and grading at dispatch. It also significantly reduces water usage.

Last, but certainly not least, our plants. All the species they sell have been trialled and tested by them to ensure they are suitable for the UK. All their plants are potted on and managed by them – they have a custom designed machine capable of potting 14,000 plants per day. All their container plants are grown on site giving them complete control over every aspect of quality and handling.

In short, the time spent on strict supervision and rigorous daily monitoring ensures they produce healthy, robust hedging and lavender plants that will arrive at their customers in prime condition.