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Plant of the Day

Tuesday 26 July 2016

Lavandula (lavender) species and cultivars on display at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. These small aromatic evergreen shrubs usually have narrow, simple leaves and small tubular flowers in dense spikes in the summer. The plants need a sunny site with a well drained soil to thrive, and pruning just after flowering to keep a dense habit. One of the gardens featured a lavender still for extracting the oils from the foliage.

Jill Raggett