Goodwin creek grey lavender

Goodwin Creek Grey Lavender Info – A Guide To Goodwin Creek Grey Care

Lavender is one of the most highly prized aromatic plants in the world, and for good reason. (It’s a personal favorite of mine). But while “lavender” is usually considered to be a universal scent, there are actually many different varieties, each with its own unique qualities. One of these is the lavender ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ cultivar. Keep reading to learn more about growing Goodwin Creek Grey lavender and Goodwin Creek Grey care.

Goodwin Creek Grey Lavender Info

Goodwin Creek Grey lavender plants (Lavandula ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’) are known for their attractive silver to gray foliage and for their relatively short spikes of deep purple to blue flowers. The plants tend to reach 2 feet (60 cm.) without flowers, and 3 feet (90 cm.) with flowers.

While it is difficult to grow lavender indoors, largely because it can so easily fall victim to humidity and fungus, this variety tends to fare better inside than most. When growing Goodwin Creek Grey lavender indoors, make sure to plant it in well-draining soil and to give it lots of light. At the very least, it should be placed in a bright window that receives 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day. Alternatively, it can be grown under artificial lights.

Goodwin Creek Grey Care

Growing Goodwin Creek Grey lavender is very similar to growing other lavender varieties, with a few exceptions. As mentioned above, it is a bit more amenable to being grown in pots indoors. It is also a little more heat resistant than other lavenders.

It is very drought tolerant and does not need to be watered regularly. It should be planted in well-draining, sandy soil in a spot that receives full sun.

After flower stems have faded, cut them off at the base. The whole plant can be cut back after all flowers have faded to maintain a compact, dense shape.

Why is my lavender languishing? Irrigation may be the issue | The Sacramento Bee

Goodwin Creek grey lavender (Lavendula x ginginsii ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’) thrives in sunny dry conditions, making it a favorite at the UC Davis Arboretum. Ellen Zagory

Experts tackle readers’ garden questions.

Q: Within the past year, we replaced our front lawn with low-water usage plants. All of the Goodwin Creek lavender plants we have planted are showing the same problem. They start out growing vigorously with abundant flowers. Then over time individual stalks begin to wither. Then finally, the whole plant dies. Neither the roots nor the foliage of the dead plants have any signs of insect infestation or over- or under-watering. Please give us a clue as to what the problem is.

Ken Hansen, El Dorado Hills

Bee garden writer Debbie Arrington: Lavender, a favorite low-water herb, can be problematic in home gardens. Almost always, their death can be traced to irrigation.

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UC Davis grows hundreds of Goodwin Creek grey lavender (Lavandula x ginginsii “Goodwin Creek Grey”) on campus. It’s considered the best lavender for Sacramento gardens. A favorite of the UCD Arboretum staff, it’s more heat-resistant than most English lavenders and has a bloom season nearly nine months long. Goodwin Creek is one of UC Davis’ Arboretum All-Stars, a selection of well-adapted drought-tolerant plants for our area.

A midsize lavender, this perennial grows to about 2 feet tall with scalloped gray leaves that form a compact, attractive ball topped with wands of dark purple-blue flowers.

Goodwin Creek lavender prefers deep irrigation every other week. Too much or too little water can cause the plant to wither and die.

“With any new planting, proper application of irrigation is critical,” said Ellen Zagory, the arboretum’s director of public horticulture. “Check that your watering system is distributing water all the way around the plant and thoroughly wetting the ‘root zone’ – the area of the roots that were in the container (the ‘root ball’) when you planted it and also the area just outside where the roots need to grow to access surrounding moisture.”

Although lavender are drought tolerant, they need sufficient irrigation to get started.

“Newly planted plants need frequent irrigation despite being called ‘drought tolerant,’ ” Zagory said. “They generally have frequent irrigation when in a nursery where they grow in container soils that are well drained. Our gardens are generally not that well drained and the extension of roots out into the soil requires moisture enough to draw roots out so they eventually will have a greater water supply and then can go longer between irrigations.”

Too much water or standing water (an issue in heavy clay soils) can lead to crown rot and other woes.

“There are fungal pathogens that can attack lavenders, but would be exacerbated by overly moist conditions if drainage is poor, you have standing water, if mulch is piled up against the stems or it is irrigated too frequently,” Zagory said. “Check for those conditions before replacing the planting.”

The Bee’s Debbie Arrington is a consulting rosarian and lifelong gardener. [email protected], 916-321-1075, @debarrington

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Goodwin Creek Gray Lavender flowers

Goodwin Creek Gray Lavender flowers

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Goodwin Creek Gray Lavender foliage

Goodwin Creek Gray Lavender foliage

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Height: 24 inches

Spread: 30 inches


Hardiness Zone: (annual)


This beautiful, aromatic variety forms a bushy shrub of bright silver-gray leaves bearing tall spikes of deep purple flowers for a long period; excellent choice for low, informal hedging, borders, or containers; best wintered indoors in colder areas

Ornamental Features

Goodwin Creek Gray Lavender has masses of beautiful spikes of fragrant deep purple flowers rising above the foliage from early summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive fragrant needle-like leaves remain grayish green in color with showy silver variegation throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Goodwin Creek Gray Lavender is a dense multi-stemmed annual with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Goodwin Creek Gray Lavender is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Goodwin Creek Gray Lavender will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it’s not a true annual, this slow-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Goodwin Creek Gray Lavender is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as ‘filler’ or as a ‘thriller’ in the ‘spiller-thriller-filler’ container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Growing Lavender (‘Goodwin Creek Grey’)

LIGHT: To keep its lovely silver coloring and to produce spikes of dark blue flowers from spring to fall, Lavender ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ demands a sunny south window indoors where it will receive 6-8 hours of direct sun. It will also grow well given 14-16 hours of light under a fluorescent light stand.

TEMPERATURE: Daytime temperatures of 60–75°F are fine indoors. In fall and winter, place your Lavender where the nighttime temperature falls to 60°F.

WATERING: Like most silver-leaved plants, Lavender is accustomed to growing in very dry, lean soil. Water only when the top inch of the potting mix is dry to the touch.

FERTILIZER: Fertilize no more frequently than once every 6 weeks during the growing season (April through September) with a balanced fertilizer, such as 20-20-20.

CONTINUING CARE: Lavender ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ would be pleased to spend summer outdoors in a sunny location—either in a pot or in the ground. If you live in Zone 7 or warmer in the West, you can grow it outdoors year-round. In colder climates, bring the plant back indoors before frost. Lavenders falter in the torrid summers and mild wet winters that are common in the South. If you summer your plant outdoors, keep it in a pot and bring it back indoors for the winter.

Once the flowers have faded on a flower spike, use scissors to cut off the spike close to where it attaches to the stem. Maintain the overall shape of your Lavender by selective pinching of the new shoots. Pinch each shoot between thumb and forefingers; do not shear the plant as though it were a hedge.

Lavandula x ginginsii ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ (Lavender ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ )

Botanical name

Lavandula x ginginsii ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’

Other names

Lavandula heterophylla ‘Goodwin Creek’, Lavandula x ginginsii ‘Goodwin Creek Gray’ , Lavandula x ginginsii ‘Goodwin Creek’, Lavender ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’


Lavandula Lavandula

Variety or Cultivar

‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ _ ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ is a compact, dense, evergreen shrub with upright stems bearing linear, aromatic, silvery grey-green leaves and dense spikes of deep lavender flowers in summer.




Strongly aromatic and suitable for drying.


Upright, Dense, Compact


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Lavender in Summer

Grey-green, Silvery-grey in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests


Specific diseases

Grey mould

General care


Pruning group 10 in autumn after flowering.


Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings

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Where to grow

Lavandula x ginginsii ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ (Lavender ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ ) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.9m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Flavouring food and drinks, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Garden edging, Gravel, Mediterranean, Containers, Rock, Wildlife


Plant in well-drained, preferably neutral to alkaline soil in a sunny, sheltered site. Does not tolerate waterlogged conditions. Protect in winter in cold areas or overwinter indoors.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage


Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral


Full Sun


South, West



UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

Defra’s Risk register #1

Plant name

Lavandula x ginginsii ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ (Lavender ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ )

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Hyalesthes obsoletus



Current status in UK


Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

Impact (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

General biosecurity comments

Planthopper which can vector the pathogen causing Potato stolbur disease. Present elsewhere in Europe and increasing its range due to a new a nettle-preferring race. Main breeding hosts are not traded as planting material; but some minor hosts (e.g. Lavender) are.

Defra’s Risk register #2

Lavandula x ginginsii ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ (Lavender ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ )

Alfalfa dwarf; Anaheim disease; California vine disease; Dwarf disease of alfalfa; Dwarf disease of lucerne; Leaf scald of oleander; Leaf scald of plum; Leaf scorch; Phony disease of peach; Pierce’s disease of grapevine; Variegated chlorosis of citrus

Xylella fastidiosa subsp. multiplex



A bacterial disease with a wide host range detected in Corsica. Although EU regulated; there remains some concern about the risk of introduction. This subspecies is known to be able to thrive in cooler climates. Should an outbreak occur; there would be a need for eradication action which would result in environmental and social impacts.

Defra’s Risk register #3

Lavandula x ginginsii ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ (Lavender ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ )

tomato thrips

Ceratothripoides brunneus



Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

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Lavandula ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ (Lavender) – A handsome long-lived and vigorous plant that forms a compact shrub to 2 to 3 feet tall by just a bit wider. It has silvery-grey, toothed-edged leaves, similar to dentata, but larger and of a whiter gray color. The blooms are soft blue lavender in tight whorled spikes on short stems, appearing nearly year-round in mild climates – it is noted as one of the best for winter flowers and can even be grown in a well-lighted sun room in colder climates. Plant in full to part sun, requiring around 5 hours of sunlight to bloom well, in a moderately well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally. It is hardy to 15 – 20°F. This lavender is noted as being heat tolerant and reportedly handles the high humidity found in the southeastern US. This great plant was a chance seedling found in 1999 beneath a Lavandula dentata by Jim and Dotti Becker’s of Goodwin Greek Gardens in Williams, Oregon. It is speculated to be a cross between L. dentata and the wooly white foliaged species Lavandula lanata – this hybrid cross has been given the name Lavandula x ginginsii named in honor of Baron Frederic Charles Jean Gingins de la Sarraz (1790-1863), who wrote an early monographic on Lavandula. Some nurseries list the name using the American spelling “Gray” but Goodwin Creek Nursery originally listed the plant using the more typically British spelling of “Grey”. In the book “The Genus Lavendula” by Tim Upson and Susyn Andrews this plant is listed as Lavandula x ginginsii ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’. The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery’s garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Lavandula ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’.

Edible Landscaping – Edible of the Month: Lavender

Fields of lavender offer beauty and fragrance. Lavender flowers are great dried and used to make teas, in cooking and perfumes.

English lavender is the most common and hardiest of all lavenders. ‘Munstead’ is a good variety to try in cold climates.

Lavender has one of the richest and most lavish histories. This Mediterranean herb has been found in Egyptian tombs and was extensively used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for a variety of purposes. Lavender was recognized early on for its healing properties. It has been used to clean and heal wounds, relieve headaches, soothe skin burns, and calm upset stomachs. The sweet scent was favored to clean the air of unpleasant odors and provide a perfume for clothing and bodies.

Royalty in France and England favored lavender, and it became widely popular even among the common people. Small bags were filled with dried lavender flowers to store in wardrobes and under pillows. It was used to repel lice and mosquitoes. Today, teas and oils are used in perfumes and medicinally to help with depression, sleep disorders, headaches, fatigue, and tension. You’ll even find lavender in foods such as chocolates, adding a unique taste. While originating in Europe, lavender is now grown around the world.

In the home garden, the obvious place to grow this multi-faceted plant is in the herb garden. However, gardeners in USDA zone 8 and warmer climates can also use lavender as a landscape plant mixed with other perennial flowers, small shrubs, or around small trees. The beautiful gray-green foliage and colorful flowers work to make this perennial herb an attractive landscape feature.


Lavender grows best in full sun on well drained soil. While the widest selection of lavender plants can be grow in USDA zone 8 to 11 gardens, there are varieties that will survive even a USDA zone 4 winter with protection. Most bloom in spring and early summer and are a favorite among honey bees and other insects. The most popular type of lavender is common or English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). This evergreen has purple, pink, or white flowers, depending on the variety; a strong fragrance; can grow to 3 feet tall and wide; is hardy in zones 5 to 11; and is used in the cosmetics and perfume industries. It grows best under cool, dry conditions.

French lavender (Lavandula dentata) doesn’t have the strong scent of English lavender, and the flower colors are more muted. It’s hardy in zones 8 to 11 and is used mostly for decorative purposes. Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechys) features unique purple flowers in spring. The upright, pine-cone shaped, flower bracts have a stunning appearance on this 2 foot tall and wide shrub that is hardy in zones 8 to 11. The piney fragrance is strong, so it’s not commonly used in cooking.

Yellow lavender (Lavandula viridis) features a strong fragrance, bold yellow flowers, and yellow green foliage. It also is hardy in zones 8 to 11. Spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia) is a coarser looking plant, but has up to three times the oil content of regular lavender. It’s mostly used in making soaps, deodorants, and disinfectants. Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia) is a Dutch hybrid that’s a cross between common lavender and spike lavender. It has the beauty of English lavender plants with a similar oil content of spike lavender. Spike and lavandin lavenders are a little less hardy than English lavender, but are more heat and drought tolerant.

There are many varieties of these lavenders you can grow, depending on your location. Here are a few to consider.

‘Goodwin Creek Gray” – This French hybrid lavender features a 2 foot tall and wide plant with purple flowers and hardiness to zone 7. It makes a great edging plant along a flower border.

‘Munstead’ – Considered one of the hardiness varieties of English lavender, it grows 12 to 18 inches tall and wide, has purple flowers and is hardy to zone 4 with protection.

‘Hidcote’ – Smaller than the ‘Munstead’ lavender, this English variety grows best in cooler weather. There is also a pink version available.

‘Kew Red’ – This Spanish lavender features unique pink and cerise-colored flowers with gray-green foliage. It grows to 2 feet tall and wide and is hardy in zones 7 to 9.

‘Grosso’ – A lavandin hybrid, this variety grows 30 inches tall and wide with violet flowers and a strong scent.


Hailing from the Mediterranean, lavender loves full sun and well-drained soil. Depending on the type, lavender grows best in cool or hot conditions. Amend the soil before planting with compost and keep the pH between 6.5 and 7.5. Lavender doesn’t grow well on acidic soils. It’s best to start with purchased lavender plants. Some English varieties such as ‘Munstead’ and ‘Hidcote’, can be started from seed, but germination is slow and erratic at best.


Spanish lavender has unique brachts on the tops of the flowers. Some varieties feature red colored flowers as well.

Lavender can be grown by itself in the landscape or used in a formal herb herb with other stately herbs such as rosemary.

Plant in spring in most areas. Space plants at the same width as their ultimate height. Full sun is important for the plants to fill out well. However, in hot summer areas, some afternoon shade may be appreciated. It’s important to properly space lavenders, especially in humid summer areas, to avoid diseases and dieback. If growing in a potentially wet summer region or on heavy soils, consider planting lavender on a raised bed to make it more likely to survive. Lavender also grows well in containers, as long as the pots are protected over the winter in cold areas.


If grown on properly prepared soil, lavenders need little additional fertilization. Plants will take up to three years to become fully established, so it’s important to keep them well weeded. Even though lavender is drought tolerant, keeping the soil moist during the early years is also important.

Once established, prune lavenders annually, removing up to one-third of the foliage after flowering. This is important to rejuvenate the shrub and keep it bushy. However, don’t prune back into the old woody growth or it may set back the bush and even kill it.

Lavenders have few insect problems, and the only diseases that can become troublesome are related to poor soil water drainage, such as root rot. Also, plants that are overcrowded can get fungal leaf diseases such as powdery mildew. Properly space plants and encourage air flow to avoid these diseases.


Harvest lavender flowers for drying when they are from one-third to fully open. Purple colored varieties dry best, while pink or white colored flowers lose their luster when dried. They’re still good additions to sachets and potpourris. Harvest after the dew has dried on a sunny day. Cut flower stems longer if using them as a cut flower.

Hang flower stems in a cool, airy, shaded room to dry naturally. Dried buds and flowers are great in potpourris and sachets. Use flowers and buds only in cooking and teas since the leaves may be too strongly flavored.

Other information on lavender:

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