Highly popular, English Lavender 'Hidcote' (Lavandula angustifolia) is a free flowering variety that is prized by most gardeners for its long lasting and delightful scent as well as the fashion in which its dark purple flower spikes beautifully contrast with its blue-green evergreen foliage. Hidcote is a perfect choice for low hedges, edging or borders. Excellent for crafts and dried flowers as it retains its color.
- Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
- Blooms once in late spring or early summer. Lavenders blooming once may enjoy a second, smaller flush of flowers during the season and maybe a third one if the flowers are cut soon enough.
- Evergreen in warm winter climates, it typically grows in a bushy shrub, up to 12-20 in. tall (30-50 cm) and spreads up to 20-24 in. (50-60 cm).
- This perennial is very versatile and can also be used in perennial borders, containers, rock gardens or herb gardens. Provides a stunning effect in mass plantings. Its fragrant flowers may be dried and used in potpourris.
- Drought, deer, rabbit and dry soil tolerant and a real magnet for bees and butterflies!
- Thrives in full sun and performs best in dry to medium, poor, light, sandy, alkaline, well-drained soils. Excellent drainage and air circulation are essential, specifically in hot, humid climates.
- Trim back in spring to encourage bushier growth. Remove spent blooms to encourage new blooms.
English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), also called True Lavender or Common Lavender, is a type of lavender often associated with the famous purple lavender fields of Provence. Despite its common name, it is not native to England, but to the Mediterranean and counts over 40 different cultivars with flower spikes varying from blue-purple, lavender, violet-blue to white-pink. They create drifts of "cool" colors that sway elegantly in the summer breeze atop a beautifully contrasting gray-green to green-purple foliage of narrow leaves. Growing up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm), this Lavender type is great for formal or informal edging perennial along walkways, raised walls, and borders; also planted in beds, rock gardens, and in mass plantings. This is also the "queen of herbs" for herb gardens.