Santolina Loves the Heat

The small shrub Santalino loves the heat. It is a western Mediterranean plant and as a native of dry rocky places it tolerates poor soil and drought. As our hot summer continues, the plants and shrubs are struggling in the intense heat. While conditions last and for the future its worth knowing of a few plants that flourish in such conditions.

It has fluffy button like flower heads that rise above soft feathery aromatic silver foliage. Santalino or its common name, cotton lavender is a pretty sight in our gardens during the month of July and August. It works well as a plant in the front of  borders, or to tumble over garden walls.  It belongs to the chamomile family, which probably explains its rather  pungent scent.

Low Silver Hedge

You can use these plants to make an attractive low silver hedge. Its foliage is dense and works well for this  purpose. However, you do need to prune back the yellow flowers once they are over. It is quite a time consuming job-however it is worth the effort. Grab a handful of the spent flowers and cut at base without cutting the foliage. Only prune the foliage back  later in August if the shrub is becoming woody and difficult to manage. 

French Lavender

The most popular variety is the Santolina chamaecyparissus which can reach a height of 24inches (30cm) and it is also sometimes referred to as French lavender or ground cypress. Contact us if you would like any advice

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