Lavender is one of the most popular small garden shrubs. Plants have narrow, oily and aromatic evergreen leaves and bear dense spikes of small tubular flowers in summer. Lavandula angustifolia is commonly known as English lavender. Most varieties yield purple flowers, but some cultivars come in white or pink. Nearly all cultivars and hybrids are extremely attractive to bees, butterflies and hoverflies. They make an excellent cut flower – both in fresh and dried arrangements.
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' is a compact lavender, suitable for growing in borders or as dwarf hedging. It's one of the most popular lavenders with its dense silver-grey foliage, covered in fragrant, blue flower spikes in mid-summer. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
For best results, grow Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' in well-drained soil in full sun. Cut back the flower stalks after they have finished, and then trim back plants in April, if necessary.
Plant type: Evergreen shrub
Flower colour: Purple
Foliage colour: Grey
Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to take cuttings: April to July
Flowering period: July to September
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