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Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'

Lavender

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Purple

Feature

Flowers, Aromatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Tommy Tonsberg, copyright GAP Photos (295478)

Plant details

Although commonly known as English lavender, the species actually hails from the Mediterranean, and can reach up to 1.8m (6ft) high, growing on dry, sun-baked hillsides. In gardens, therefore, it will benefit from a well-drained position in full sun. 'Hidcote' is a compact variety, suitable for growing in borders or as dwarf hedging and is one of the most popular lavenders with its dense silver-grey foliage, covered in fragrant, blue flower spikes in mid-summer. To encourage flowering and help retain its shape, remove dry flower stalks in late summer, then in early spring cut back shoots by 2.5cm (2in) or so, avoiding cutting into old wood. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Lavandula

Species: angustifolia

Cultivar: Hidcote

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to take cuttings: April to July

Flowering period: July to September


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