For the love of lavender
Join us for three weekends of U-pick, come cut your own fresh Lavender bunches!
Southwest Virginia is home to several Lavender farms; to visit other farms in our region visit The Southwest Virginia Lavender Trails site at www.Lavenderthymetrail.com
The last few weeks of June are bloom time for us here in Southwest Virginia.
We may be an herb farm but we do specialize in Lavender. We are trialing 14 varieties presently with the bulk of our plantings being in Grosso, Royal Velvet and Phenomenal. This year we have added Sachet to add to our culinary line.
We manufacture a complete product line of Lavender and non Lavender products which are available on line and in the farm shop. Wholesale and private label available upon request.
We do sell plants in 4" pots, gallons and by custom order we can provide 2" plugs. Plants are available in summer until sold out with plugs available by pre-order in October and November.
We are often asked what variety to plant? My answer is always "What do you want the Lavender for ?" Lavender has so many properties, from culinary to medicinal and of course the beauty in the garden. So, before planting, decide what you want the Lavender for.
These lists will give you some ideas of what varieties are known for and what you can expect from your Lavender.
Culinary Lavender- by no means is this an inclusive list , these are varieties which we grow.
Royal Velvet- it is an angustifolia, very hardy in our region, region 6 and much farther north. Fabulous dark purple color, holds its color well, both on and off the stem. Wonderful for culinary but also for crafting, and as a landscape plant.
Sachet- another angustifolia, hardy to zone 5. Slightly larger plant and a bit paler than Royal Velvet.
Provence- an Intermedia, quite a bit larger than the ones listed above. Good flavor and pretty lavender colored buds. It tends to be more of an upright bloomer. Good flavor and also great for Lavender wands. The blooms tend to fall off the stem, so good for sachets not bundles.
Lavender for Oils- Grosso- an Intermedia which is the workhorse of the Lavender oil industry. High levels of oil can be distilled from Grosso. This plant can become over 5' wide at maturity ( during bloom time) so keep spacing in mind when planting. This variety makes a great hedge, wonderful bundles or even sachets, a fabulous scent but is perfect for a large landscaping job too.
Lavender for beauty in the landscape-Phenomenal- a relatively new intermedia. Hardy in the north and able to take the heat of the south. A large plant, as is the Grosso above, so plan accordingly prior to planting. This beauty holds its color, is great for bundles since it does not readily shed its blooms and is very fragrant.
The most important thing to remember is that Lavender does not require a lot of water or fertilizer but DOES require a lot of sun and air flow. We plant our Lavender in a substance called 'dirty rock' from a limestone quarry. It provides optimal drainage while also giving reflective heat to the plant in an alkaline substrate. This has worked for us for the 15 years we have been growing this amazing plant. We use no drip irrigation or black landscape fabric for mulch, the dirty rock is our media and the mulch all in one.
Lots to share, so much Lavender, not enough time.
We grow several varieties of lavender on the farm so you can see what mature plants look when they are growing in the garden.
In addition we provide a wide range of classes on how to grow use and even cook with this wonderful herb.
This picture to the right, is a mini pruning class during our Lavender Thyme event last summer.