Lavender 'Phenomenal' Description
Robust mounds, winter hardiness and lots of fragrant, long stemmed blooms makes this lavender, well, phenomenal!
Lavender is beloved for its fragrant foliage and colorful flowers, but not everyone can be successful growing it. That's where 'Phenomenal' lavender (Lavandula x intermedia) comes in! It has everything you love about lavender - fragrant purple blooms in summer and handsome silvery foliage - but is much more tolerant of the cold, wet winters that kill lesser lavenders.
'Phenomenal' lavender blooms a little later than English lavender, so it's an excellent season extender. Lavender is heat, drought and wind-tolerant, and unbothered by deer or rabbits. Grow in a well-drained, even dry soil in full sun and enjoy the show! It does not toleant heavy or wet soils.
Selected by Lloyd & Candy Traven at their Pennsylvania garden, Phenomenal Lavender shows exceptional winter hardiness (Z6 - being tested in Z5) over other types of Lavender.
The hallmark of this variety is it does not die back from the bottom, as is commonly seen in other hardy lavenders. Phenomenal remains thick and full throughout the entire plant growing 24" high and wide.
This drought-tolerant & hardy perennial has extremely fragrant foliage & flowers that are enjoyable in the garden or cut-fresh & added to flower arrangements!
Lavender Phenomenal can also be cut & dried for use in potpourri & other dried flower arrangements. Lavandin hybrids will tend to have a higher camphor content in their oil, and smell a bit more medicinal than the English Lavenders.
How To Grow
Lavender is heat, drought and wind-tolerant. Grow in a light, sandy, somewhat dry soil in full sun to encourage good growth. It does not toleant heavy or wet soils.
In spring, once plants begin to grow, cut or trim them back by about a 1/3. Prune them like a shrub, so don't cut back completely. Remove any dead wood at this time.
Garden Design with Lavender
Lavender is a staple in the herb garden, but also provide fragrance, foliage and flower interest in the perennial garden. They are quite stunning in large groupings lining a walkway or path. Drifts of Lavender combine well with other blue plants such Nepeta and Geranium Rozanne. Combine with "hot color" plants such as Gaillardia, vibrant gold Coreopsis or daylilies. Blue & Pinks are a delight - considering adding pink Knock Out Roses, Phlox Forever Pink, or Sedum Autumn Joy. Add some airy texture by intermingling Gaura in with your perennial garden design.
Cut flower spikes before they fully open. Bundle stems in small groups (about an 1 inch diameter). Hange them upside down in a dry, dark area with good air circulation. Once dried, store in an airtight containers.
Special Features: Butterfly Lovers, Cold Hardy, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage, Dried Flower, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Fast Growing, Fragrance, Heat Tolerant, Long Blooming, Multi-Seasonal Interest, Winter Interest
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Lavandula x intermedia 'Phenomenal'
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- Zone: 5,6,7,8,9
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24" x 24"
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Container Gardening, Cottage Gardening, Edging, Ground Cover, Massing, Ornamental, Woodland
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AK,CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:PPAF
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Soil: Grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained, alkaline soil (pH should be 6.5 or higher). Prefers a light, sandy soil with somewhat low fertility.
Light: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium -- Root rot commonly attacks plants grown in poorly drained soils. High summer humidity in southern growing zones is not appreciated. To combat high humidity, consider using rock instead of organic mulch.
Spacing: 18 - 24 inches
Fertilizing: Feed with a light application of general purpose, or time release fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
Winterizing: Plants may not survive in winter if soils are not well-drained and/or if temperatures dip below zero degrees without protective snow cover. Prefers southwestern exposure, and protection from winter wind.
Maintenance & Pruning: Remove faded flowers to promote continued bloom. Prune once or twice a year to keep plant shapely. Prune option #1: in the spring after the lavender wakes up. Wait until the lavender has signs of new growth (do not worry if it takes a while to wake up). Prune option #2: in the fall around early October. The rule of thumb in pruning is 1/3 of the plant or about 2 inches above the wood. If you prune into the wood you run the risk of the plant not coming back.
ReviewsWrite a reviewDid not survive winterKate Lawler | May 16, 2018Last spring I received beautiful plants in great condition after shipping and they flourished during the growing season. It seems all four plants did not survive the zone 5 winter as it is now mid May and there is no sign of growth on any of them. When the stems are cut, they are brown with no flexibility and appear dead. I think Phenomenal Lavender is not really a zone 5 perenial as advertised, but it is a lovely annual.
Phenomenal - it's trueCarrie | Jun 6, 2017I LOVE THIS LAVENDER! I am in zone 5 on sandy soil. It forms very pretty clumps, grows prolifically, no die back. NO woody stems!! Smells great, flowers well...wildlife leave it alone. Just about the perfect 2 ft border (3' with flowers).