Cotton Lavender Santolina Virens Hedging
Santolina virens (Cotton Lavender) (Santolina rosmarinifolia)
A useful woody shrub with narrow vivid green thread like foliage which is strongly aromatic. From mid Summer the plant is covered in small perfectly formed bright lemon yellow flowers held on strong wiry stems. Santolina virens grows naturally into a neat bun shaped shrub of 60cm tall and 90cm wide.
These bushy shrubs are a great addition to sunny mixed borders or herb gardens, larger groups can make very effective fragrant ground cover and as with other Santolina, they are great for a low hedge. The bright green foliage looks good against the grey leaved types in a formal hedge design. They can be allowed to flower as an informal hedge, or clipped more frequently for a more formal look to bring out the beauty of the foliage although this approach will sacrifice most of the flowers.
Santolina virens hedges and shrubs prefer a well drained soil and to bake in full sun, this is a low maintenance plant needing just a tidy up after flowering, this will encourage new growth to keep them looking their best even in the Winter months.
How to grow Santolina virens
Position: Full sun.
Foliage: Evergreen, leaves are retained all year.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil.
Flowering time: July onwards.
Growth rate: moderate
Ultimate height and spread: 60cm high x 90cm wide.
Hardiness: Fully hardy.
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and for the first season, trim after flowering in late summer, hedges should be cut back hard to the framework of branches.
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We deliver these plants to you in the pots they are grown in, because there is no root disturbance they can delivered and planted all year round with excellent results.