If you've been tempted to try some lavender, Phenomenal is likely your best bet. Being a hybrid cross between English lavender (L. angustifolia) and spike lavender (L. latifolia) makes it hardier than any English variety. It has also been proven to out perform all other lavender varieties tested across Europe and the United States, as well as having noteworthy resistance to foliar and root diseases. Phenomenally fragrant, deep violet-blue flower spikes surmount the silvery foliage at a height of 60-80cm (24-32") with a bloom period from mid-summer to early fall. Besides the ornamental appeal, this deer-proof plant is very useful for fresh or dried arrangements, potpourri, and for oil production.
(Lavandula x intermedia 'Niko')