Lavender Phenomenal® Description
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, also known as lavandin) 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! Lavender suffers in 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 dry soil in full sun to encourage good growth. .
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 provides fragrance, foliage, and flower interest in the perennial garden.
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: 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 'Niko'
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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, Herb gardens
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- Patent #:24,193
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Soil: Any well-drained soil will do. Lavender cannot tolerate wet soils for any length of time.
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day)
Water: Dry to average. Very tolerant of dry conditions once established.
Spacing: 18 - 24 inches
Fertilizing: Lavender need little in the way of fertilizer. However, if your plants were severely set back by winter damage, you may wish to apply some granular garden fertilizer in early spring to give it a boost in its recovery.
Winterizing: Plants may get some damage in winter, which can be exacerbated by wet soil conditions.
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).
ReviewsWrite a reviewDissappointedIndra Singh | Sep 16, 2019I am so dissappointed........these seemed to be doing well and suddenly died.Owner Response: I am so sorry to hear that! Lavender Phenomenal does particularly well in areas with more moisture and humidity. Plant in full sun with good air circulation. Plant into well drained soil. Compost-enriched garden loam is alright in drier climates, sandy or gravel soil is best in moister climates.
Did 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).