Although Santolina is often referred to as Cotton Lavender
and French Lavender, it is not a true Lavender, but in fact, a member of the Daisy family.
Scented leaf geraniums, fragrant-leaved herbs, like thyme and mint, and shrubs including cotton lavender
(Santolina) and myrtle, all give off rich fragrances.
Personal favourites include golden marjoram, common thyme and cotton lavender
, all of which have fragrance as a bonus.
CREATE CONTRAST USE herbs, particularly purple and variegated sage, the silver foliaged cotton lavender
and sunny golden marjoram, to create a colourful patchwork of plants with aromatic leaves.
The marquee should be filled with all kinds of English country garden style flowers including Calla Lillies, Cotton Lavender
and Dahlias, and guests will be welcomed with champagne, canapes and fluffy cupcakes.
PLANTS suitable for a sunny, gravel area include: Lavender, rosemary, thyme, small grass and cotton lavender
A large number of drought-tolerant plants are distinguished by grey foliage, some like lad's love (Artemisa) with silver filigree leaves, Cotton lavender
(Santolina), and Anthemis tinctoria with masses of lemon yellow daisy flowers now so familiar it's easy to assume they are all natives.
Ask Clive Q My bush of cotton lavender
has become very leggy.
It is good to plant herbs next to a seat or bench and a plant with some height such as rosemary or cotton lavender
is best here.
A small seating area faces a circular bed of white chrysanthemums above the santolinia cotton lavender
, a striking little yellow button flower with fine leaves in star shapes.
Scabious Clive Greaves anchusa and dark blue lavenders would be set off by evening primroses and the cream pompons of cotton lavender
, Santolina chaemaecyparroses Bowle's Variety.