Lavandula × ginginsii ‘Goodwin Creek’

Lavender 'Goodwin Creek'

This is a charismatic large lavender with evergreen aromatic leaves, many of which are attractively toothed or lobed. From midsummer this shrub bears long-lasting elegant stems of fragrant, dark violet-blue flowers.

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Origin: Mediterranean
Genus: Lavandula
Species / Cultivar: × ginginsii 'Goodwin Creek'
Common Name: Lavender 'Goodwin Creek'
Synonym: Lavandula 'Goodwin Creek Grey'

Plant Biography

This is a charismatic large lavender with evergreen aromatic leaves, many of which are attractively toothed or lobed. From midsummer this shrub bears long-lasting elegant stems of fragrant, dark violet-blue flowers.

Nectar rich, they are a magnet for bees and butterflies, making them as essential for a wildlife friendly patch as they are a formal Mediterranean-style garden. ‘Goodwin Creek’ is a hybrid of English and French lavender discovered in Oregan, and is considered one of the best varieties of Lavender for creating topiary shapes due to its density and size. It is fully hardy in most parts of the UK, but may require some protection from harsh winters in exposed sites.

 

Lavandula × ginginsii 'Goodwin Creek'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.7-0.9m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.7-0.9m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care Size & Guidance

Care Size & Guidance

Like most lavenders, this requires little attention beyond watering in the warmer months when the plants are still establishing. Though they have a naturally neat habit, you can clip them annually as the summer flowers fade if further shaping is desired.

‘Goodwin Creek’ will reach 90cm across in the right conditions. Due to its French lavender ancestry it is slightly less tolerant of winter exposure and may require protection in very frosty areas. In heavier soils or colder regions it may also be worth planting on a slight mound and/or backfilling the planting hole with horticultural grit to improve drainage.

Expert Tip

Lavenders are part of the Lamiaceae family, an extremely diverse and important group that include many of our favourite aromatic herbs such as mint, thyme and oregano - get the most out of its scented flowers and foliage by growing in the sunniest possible spot.