Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mona Lavender A Real Autumn Garden Beauty

In late autumn long after many of the flowers have faded from the garden you will find Mona Lavender still going strong. This exceptional plant is a member of the mint family and botanically speaking it is a Plectanthus. It makes an exceptional perennial in zones 9-11 and an annual in colder climates (but this beauty can easily be brought inside during the winter months and returned outdoors in spring).

Mona Lavender (a cousin of Swedish Ivy and creeping charlie) is a hybrid developed at the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in South Africa. The plants have attractive dark green foliage with purple undersides and showy spikes of tubular flowers that are a beautiful lavender colour. The plant can reach 2' in both height and width. Mona Lavender prefers moist, well-drained soil in morning sun and afternoon shade or filtered light.

Photo: The Mona Lavender pictured in the photo above was taken of my garden in late August. The companion plants here are Canna Lilies (Wyoming) and Begonias (cocktail mix).

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