A Striking Variegated Lavender
In the world of lavender plants, most types have solid-colored foliage. But Meerlo Lavender (Lavendula allerdii ‘Meerlo’) bumps up the wow factor for this traditional herb by producing deeply variegated leaves! Not to be outdone by its foliage, Meerlo Lavender’s flowers are also a delightful treat – deep violet-blue blossoms that are irresistible to butterflies.
Not Your Average Herb
Although Meerlo Lavender is classified as an herb, its ornamental appeal rivals its practical uses. Variegated plants break up the monotony of solid colors in the garden, particularly when interplanted among green-foliage plants. Meerlo Lavender’s variegation is not understated or hard to see; it is quite pronounced. Each leaf is patterned with soft shades of cream and green -- the perfect backdrop for the dark violet flowers!
Minimal Maintenance for Maximum Enjoyment
Meerlo Lavender is not a thirsty plant, which is good news to you. This means that you won’t have to water this plant very much; in fact, too much water is not good. A super drought-tolerant plant, Meerlo Lavender will appreciate sharply draining soil and only occasional watering. Containers and raised beds are perfect for Meerlo Lavender, because they allow the water to drain freely. Meerlo Lavender prospers in full sun, and it holds up well even in the harsh heat of summer!
You’ll want to plant Meerlo Lavender where you can enjoy its intoxicating fragrance wafting through your garden with each breeze. But you can also capture this fragrance to use in potpourri and sachets.
• Potpourri. Cut flowering stems of Meerlo Lavender and tie them in bunches. Hang them upside-down in a cool, dark place – a closet, garage or potting shed – and let them dry. Cut the stems into small sections and add them to your favorite potpourri.
• Sachets. Cut some stems of Meerlo Lavender when the flower buds form, but before the flowers open. Dry the stems by the instructions for potpourri above, but when the leaves and buds are dry, run your fingers along the stems to remove the leaves and buds. You can separate the flower buds and only use them in your sachets, or you can use a combination of the buds and leaves. Sew (or purchase) small drawstring sachet bags out of muslin, silk or organza fabric, and fill the bags with dried Meerlo Lavender. It’s that simple!