Downderry Lavender Nurseries, Kent

A long-awaited visit to this specialist Lavender nursery in Kent, a little to the north of Tonbridge. I'll see their exquisite stand at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show next month (they won Gold at both Chelsea and Hampton Court last year), deservedly so. Such variety, superbly grown, fragrant, buzzing with bees and other pollinators.…

Quintessentially English

Lavender angustifolia Hidcote. A strong blue-purple to this compact lavender, one of the brightest saturated colours in the lavender range - especially when multiplied through lines and drifts - and a beautiful companion to roses (despite their differing cultural needs). A little benign neglect, nothing too rich in the compost or feeding regime, excellent drainage…