Have you seen the new yellow rabbit ears lavender that smells like summer and shimmers in the sunshine? Lemon Leigh Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas 'Lemon Leigh') has the most intensely fragrant foliage I've ever encountered in a lavender. The flowers vary from soft butter yellow to nearly chartreuse set against silvery gray foliage....and it's supposed to flower prolifically all summer long.
For all of us that lost our rabbit ears lavender the last couple of cold, wet winters, this cultivar is supposed to be hardy to zone 7....so theoretically if you plant it in well-drained soil, 'Lemon Leigh' will make it through the winter. It'll grow into a dense mound two feet tall and as wide, topped with pale little blossoms ideal for cutting for arrangements and garnishing plates. Inhaling the spicy, Mediterranean fragrance will clear your sinuses and cheer your mood....I potted my 'Lemon Leigh' up in a dark green pot and put it by the front door to enjoy; in autumn I'll plant it in a bright, sheltered spot in the garden and see if it really will survive a Northwest winter....if not, this beauty is worth growing as an annual for its fragrance and unusual colorations.