With its silvery leaves and dark purple
blooms, Richard Gray Lavender was a lucky find at the Royal Botanic
Garden in the 1980's. Like so many lavender, it is a naturally occurring
hybrid. Woolly Lavender is one of its
parents which explains the grayer than normal leaves. However, unlike Woolly
Lavender, this lavender has a short sturdy growth habit, a longer bloom
season and a spectacular dark purple flower.
It is so gray, in fact, that in early
spring we sometimes wonder if we have lost it, but then May hits and we are
rewarded with this intense purple bloom. Because it is short, it makes a
great front of the garden plant. We like it planted in front of our bright
Plant in full sun. After the second or
third year, cut back by about a third after bloom.