Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'

Description: One of the best and most popular cultivars of Lavender. Dense compact habit only reaching 60-80cm tall with grey green leaves and short spikes of violet purple lavender fragrant flowers in mid summer. It has many uses in front of a border, as a low hedge, in containers, in a herb garden or for attracting insects for wildlife. You can even collect the flowers for drying and helping a good nights sleep!

Climate/Position: Full sun preferred.

Height/Spread: 80cm x 50cm.

Soil Requirements: Free draining soil - avoid wet conditions.

Pruning: Always trim after flowering to keep compact tidy growth and avoid the plant getting leggy.

Special Requirements: Not a long lived plant so will need replacing after up to 10 years.

The species was cultivated in the mediterranean in the 16th century by herbalists. The silver leaves are often a sign of mediterranean origin and therefore suggest sunny site and free draining soil is required.