‘Phenomenal’ Lavender



Canada Blooms opened Friday March 14th and I spent Saturday there soaking in the garden sights and smells I’ve been craving since the first snow fell.  Tulips and hyacinths filled containers.


The gardens are very good this year.  The Toronto Botanical Gardens, inspired by head horticulturist, Paul Zammit, designed an urban backyard garden, overflowing with vegetables from around the world — Okra, Chinese hot red peppers, Thai hot chili peppers, Yard-long beans, Bottle Gourd, Daikon radish and exotic eggplants.  Many of these veggies are grown locally in Ontario.


There were some herbs in the mix, including lavender, and they had small L. stoechas topiaries for sale.  It took great restraint not to pick up a few of these but I have enough plants in the house at the moment.


The Ontario Lavender Association has a booth at Canada Blooms this year.  They are in the area behind the Garden Marketplace and are promoting Ontario Lavender Farms.


Last year a new lavender was available in Canada.  Lavandula x intermedia ‘Phenomenal’ is supposed to be one of the better lavenders introduced in a few years.  It has excellent winter hardiness and performs well in extreme heat and humidity.  Richters, located north of Toronto at Goodwood Ontario, has greenhouses that are a treat during our frosty winters.  They sell plants and seed through mail order and offer ‘Phenomenal’ plants.  As it is a L. x intermedia, it will be sterile and seeds will not be available.  Visit their site at Richters.com and look at all the other lavenders they offer.



Gardenimport.com also has ‘Phenomenal’ plants for sale via mail order and I am looking forward to acquiring one this year.




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