Lamiaceae (family name)
Forage for Pollinators: This is a major honey plant, producing abundant Nectar for Honeybees (even in the UK where this can be grown field-scale), and also short-tongued and long-tongued Bumblebees and Solitary bees. The flowers are pollinated by Bees and Butterflies.
Flowering time: June, July, August.
Growing information: EVERGREEN SHRUB (original species said to have been brought to the UK by the Romans) grows to 1.2 m (4ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in). prefers well-drained light or chalky soil in full sun. Hardy to minus 28ºC. Producing abundant, blue, sweetly aromatic flowers. Its essential oil may assist bees in ridding themselves of varroa mites (the mites appear to hate the smell of Lavender). For planting a hedge (which attracts bees in droves), we recommend a planting distance of 18-24inches (46-60cm). Medicinally used for anti-depressant and relaxing properties. The oil of this species is prized by many people around the world over and above other Lavender oils produced elsewhere (this may be something to do with growing in a cooler climate). It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Photo courtesy of English Garden magazine