Lavender Hidcote - Plant
6722- Hidcote Lavender. Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Perennial (hardy in zones 4-8)
One of the most adored varieties for its hardiness and beautiful deep purple strongly aromatic blossoms. Said to have been brought to England from France in the 1920s. A compact version of English lavender with silver green foliage that looks wonderful in rock gardens, borders, containers and as mass plantings. Can be used for potpourri, and sachets and holds its colour, making it ideal for crafts. Like any other variety, Hidcote Lavender must be located in full sun and planted in well drained alkaline sandy soil, ideally in a raised bed or rock garden as it is prone to root rot if conditions are too wet. Perfect for borders, rock gardens and containers. After the second year of growth, begin pruning once or twice a year, cutting back a third of its foliage. This will help maintain its shape, leaf and flower production as well as prevent woodyness. May need insulation with mulch or leaves over the winter. Resistant to drought, deer and rabbits. Bloom time June-July lasting 3-4 weeks. Height 12 inches.