Santolina

Santolina, often referred to as Cotton Lavender, are a dwarf evergreen plant which produce yellow button like flower heads in summer. The foliage is either green or light blue-green.

The shrub requires a location which will receive full sun as with its original habitat around the Mediterranean. Any soil except clay is also preferred as well as a sheltered location that is free draining.

Propagation can be achieved by planting semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer, or via seed sown in autumn.

As with Lavandula, the plant should be trimmed after flowering to ensure it remains compact. Allowing the shrub to grow too much may result in an untidy and straggly appearance.