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(Plants) any plant of the genus Lavatera, closely resembling mallow and grown for their purple, white, or rose-coloured flowers: family Malvaceae
[named after the two brothers Lavater, 18th-century Swiss doctors and naturalists]
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Noun1.lavatera - widespread genus of herbs or softwood arborescent shrubs cultivated for their showy flowersLavatera - widespread genus of herbs or softwood arborescent shrubs cultivated for their showy flowers
dilleniid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous trees and shrubs and herbs
family Malvaceae, mallow family, Malvaceae - herbs and shrubs and some trees: mallows; cotton; okra
Lavatera arborea, tree mallow, velvetleaf, velvet-leaf - arborescent perennial shrub having palmately lobed furry leaves and showy red-purple flowers; southwestern United States
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Prune tall shrubs such as lavateras and Buddleia davidii, cutting them back by about half their height to tidy them up and prevent wind rock during winter.
Triumphant Josie, 81, was crowned the city's top gardener after judges were impressed by her colourful array of cosmos, gladioli, sunflowers, lilies and lavateras.
ROSE MALLOW LAVATERAS are a cottage garden favourite and great, quick and easy plants that will fill a mighty gap during the summer either in a sunny border or containers on the patio.
A Lavateras are tall shrubs with pale to dark pink or lilac flowers in late summer.
Some annual lavateras are often grown as bedding plants, but if you want a more permanent fixture go for the tree mallow, L.
Lavateras are a prime example of a shrub that grows too fast for itself.
Four to six weeks before the average last frost date in your area, start seeds indoors for warm-season annual flowers (ageratums, lavateras, marigolds, petunias, statice) and vegetables (eggplant, melons, peppers, squash, tomatoes).
My other favourite hardy annuals are Lavateras, with their funnel-shaped flowers that unroll like furled umbrellas.
Josie, who lives on Croyde Avenue, with a garden full of cosmos, gladioli, sunflowers, lilies and lavateras, said: "I was quite surprised because I hadn't heard anything.
Leafy shrubs such as roses, Lavateras and Philadelphus may suffer wind-rock which enlarges the hole around the stem and causes the roots to loosen.
Barnsley was one of the first two lavateras to receive the Royal Horticultural Society's award of garden merit.
The spectacular lavateras grown in gardens are forms of the tree mallow, a sub-shrub which is generally hardy and often evergreen in England and Wales.