Great Plants this Month Summer

Limonium gmelinii subsp. hungaricum

Hungarian sea-lavender


I am on the north Cornish coast this week, and walking along the cliff tops this morning, my eye was caught by a tiny rock sea-lavender growing in the most inhospitable location imaginable: facing the wild Atlantic Ocean with all its accompanying salt winds and spray, it was growing in a crevice in the slate.

Then I thought of our own sea lavenders at home. Unlike Monty Don we don’t have a jewel garden but if we did, this limonium (accompanied in my photograph by the startling Dianthus carthusianorum) would probably top the list of likely occupants.The tiny blue-purple flowers of our Hungarian lavender are held aloft on well branched stems, sparkling in the sun and glistening after rain: they look good whatever the weather. 

This semi-evergreen hardy perennial likes well-drained soil, and despite its common name, is no relation of lavender. It makes excellent dried flowers as they retain their colour so well.

Another equally good species, which I found at Marchants Hardy Plants, is L.chilwellii. If you’d like to replicate the one in my second photo, then look no further than L.bellidifolium which is a sturdy and compact little plant, no taller than 20cms when in flower, and looks especially good in a container.


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