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.