Lavender "Phenomenal"

rouge21_gw(5)January 16, 2013

I have seen some good reports of this new to NAmerica Lavender. (In Europe it is known as "Pure Platinum").

It even has its own Facebook page!

It appears it was available summer 2012 but I don't recall seeing any discussion of it on GW.

It seems that part of its appeal is its 'extra' hardiness.

Here is a link that might be useful: PHENOMENAL

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i had no luck with lavender.. over the years ...

i have been told here.. the issue is not winter hardiness.. but winter water/drainage issues ...

but the biggest problem.. looking at the pic at your link ... is space ...

a single plant of lavender.. is not very impressive.. and those who do it well.. give it lots of space.. for impact ...

i recall.. you dont have space for a nice big swath of lavender ...

ken

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 3:58PM
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rouge21_gw(5)

Part of the appeal of this particular lavender is that it is supposedly 'extra hardy'...so maybe much less of a 'foo foo', a more forigivng plant for you Ken....maybe a Lavender that you could have success with :).

And even two lavenders in close proximity can provide a striking swathe of blue.

(I currently have 2 first year Lavender in a garden in now their first winter. If they dont survive these tricky winter conditions then I will give PHENOMENAL a go in 2013.)

This post was edited by rouge21 on Sun, Jan 20, 13 at 19:23

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 4:06PM
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echinaceamaniac(7)

I have great luck with Lavender here. Thanks for posting this. I will order a couple this spring to try.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 5:37PM
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rouge21_gw(5)

Here is a picture of one of my "Blue Cushion" Lavenders taken today. This is its first winter...and what a winter i.e. extreme cold, spikes of very warm weather + often soaking rains which later freeze...all things not liked by lavender :(.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 4:30PM
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rouge21_gw(5)

Here is a picture of this new hardy lavender; one sent to me by the grower. It is so much larger than any website which includes its dimensions. A very impressive plant!

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 6:36PM
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molie(z6 CT)

Thank you for posting the photo of this new lavender. I've been looking to add more lavender to a certain part of my long garden. I love the shape of this plant; it certainly is beautiful, but also very huge --- sadly, too large for my garden. I'll be curious to hear what kind of luck others have with it.

Molie

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 4:44PM
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rouge21_gw(5)

I feel similarly Molie.

It is so much larger than listed on any website I have seen.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 5:40PM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

I'm curious about the size issue. I have always believed that Lavender look best if trimmed back each spring. I usually cut them back to just a few inches above the ground. As a result, I never thought of Lavender as a plant that could ever get big enough to consider "out of control". Is the growth in that beautiful picture of the field all from a single season? If so, that really is an incredible plant.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 5:46AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

It looks more like a shrub or a Nepeta. I can't imagine how I would use it either.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 6:52AM
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rouge21_gw(5)

docmom wrote: Is the growth in that beautiful picture of the field all from a single season?

I checked with the grower and what you are seeing in the picture is the first flush of flowers on a plant that is in its 3rd season. PHENOMENAL does NOT die back.

(Of course I am guessing you can prune it as desired).

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 3:50PM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

Here is a pic of my 3-year old Silver Anouk Lavender taken today! It's about 2 feet tall and 6 feet wide. We have been doing repairs on our home and my DH threw that big piece of fence right on top of the lavender! Well, I had told him to "do what he had to do to make the repairs" and I would fix everything, garden-wise, when he was done, but I didn't think he would take me quite so literally! I had to drag that thing off of the lavender plant (after finding out it had been covering the plant for a few weeks!) and she popped back up as pretty as you please. It is in the worst possible area for lavender--wet, wet, wet, clay soil. It gets the run-off for the whole side yard and the air conditioner. Nothing else has done well in that area (drowns everything), but this lavender is as happy as a clam. Breaks all the rules for lavender. Go figure.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 5:02PM
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rouge21_gw(5)

cool funnthsun i.e. for sure breaking all the lavender 'rules' and still thriving.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 5:16PM
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echinaceamaniac(7)

I have that Anouk Lavender too and it impresses me so much. It even grows in part shade. It looks good all winter too.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 7:27PM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

Maniac, do you have Anouk or Silver Anouk like mine? I am curious if you have the regular Anouk and you have had the same success. I just ordered 5 or 6 plants of the regular Anouk, hoping it would be as "tolerant" as this Silver Anouk has been. I wanted the same growth and sustaining power that the Silver has shown for me, but didn't want such a silver look for the new garden. I figured the regular Anouk would be the best chance for that.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2013 at 11:27AM
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echinaceamaniac(7)

I have just regular 'Anouk.' I like both though. The blooms are really good. It has big blooms. This 'Phenomenal' seems to be the type with the smaller blooms. I like the type with the 'bunny ears.' LOL.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2013 at 12:02PM
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molie(z6 CT)

Rouge, regarding 'Phenomenal' --- it looks like just the sort of plant anyone would want/need if they had a large open field or back garden with lots of sun, kind of like your original photo. That certainly is a "WOW" plant!

    Bookmark   March 9, 2013 at 2:01PM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

Well, that is great to hear! Hopefully, my regular Anouk will do as well as the Silver, then. Perfect. Now, to find a great big spot for the Phenomenal...I wonder if the neighbor will notice the new rather large plant straddling the property line? :)

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 11:53AM
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