Lavandula x intermedia is a vigorous English lavender that produces masses of spikes of bright violet flowers above grey-green leaves.
Often seen in Mediterranean gardens, it is used for its ease of clipping to shape and outstanding fragrance, which is released as you brush past on your garden walk.
The flower-spikes also attract bees and other nectar-loving insects.
When dried it is greyer in colour, with a strong camphoraceous essence and is most ofeten used in craft e.g. sachets, pillows, heat packs, shoe stuffers or too repel moths and silver fish (especially in bookcases).