A much loved variety of English lavender with useful herbal properties and attractive evergreen, silvery leaves that provide year-round interest.
Lavender foliage is deeply aromatic so consider planting where it will be brushed up against, releasing its aroma into the air. 'Hidcote' is a compact variety ideal for the edge of a border, container on a patio, or, as it is happy to be trimmed it makes a delightful low hedge. The iconic slender blue lavender flowers appear in mid-summer, releasing their heady scent for months, attracting bees and butterflies to the garden. Flower buds can be used in cooking and were particularly popular in Victorian dishes. Now seeing a revival, its distinct sweet yet savoury herbal flavour is perfect to experiment with and a little goes a long way. Flowers can be cut and dried so you can bring the relaxing scent into your home.
Stunning planted en masse or as a simple chic statement in a pot what garden would be complete without a traditional English lavender?
Plant Type: Shrub
Hardiness: H5 Hardy. Minimum temperature -15 to -10.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 50cm x W 1m (Mature age: 5 Years)
Foliage Colour: Silver
Flower Colour: Purple
Fragrant Flower: Yes
Aromatic Foliage: Yes
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: Yes
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Sandy, Chalky, Loam
Soil Drainage: Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Planting Style: Border Edging, Gravel & Drought Resistant Garden, Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Containers, Coastal Garden, Urban Garden, Courtyard Garden, Banks & Slopes
Season of Interest: Summer
Flowering (from - to): July - September
English Lavender is fully hardy and prefers a sheltered position, although it is fairly robust and can tolerate an exposed site. It's best grown in a sunny position and is ideally suited to borders, containers or for use as low hedging.
This variety thrives in most soil types, particularly dry or stony soil. They don't like to sit in wet soil, so it's best to plant them in a position with good drainage.
This variety will require regular watering until the roots have anchored into the ground. Once it's established it will require very little water.
English Lavender doesn't require feeding, however you can give it a very sparing feed occasionally with an all-purpose feed to improve the overall plant health.
Remove the flowers once faded down to foliage level to maintain the neat, bushy shape.
Deadhead regularly throughout summer to encourage continuous flowering.