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Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote Pink’ (Lavender)

Hidcote Pink Lavender

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Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote Pink’ is celebrated for its soft pink blooms, contributing a unique hue to the lavender palette. Whether utilized for its ornamental beauty, aromatic qualities, culinary applications, or ecological benefits, ‘Hidcote Pink’ adds a touch of elegance and charm to any garden setting. Its cultivation combines traditional lavender appeal with the allure of pink blossoms, making it a sought-after variety for gardeners and landscapers alike.

English Lavender – Hidcote Pink: An In-depth Look

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote Pink’ is a charming cultivar of English lavender known for its soft pink flowers, a delightful variation from the more common purple lavenders. This variety offers a unique visual appeal, maintaining the species’ beloved fragrance and hardiness.

Native: This cultivar, like its species Lavandula angustifolia, is native to the Mediterranean region but has been specifically bred to excel in garden performance. Lavender belongs to the mint, deadnettle, or sage family, Lamiaceae.

Plant Type and Habit: This shrub exhibits a compact, bushy growth habit, forming dense, rounded mounds. This growth pattern makes it exceptionally suited for formal borders, ornamental gardens, and container planting, offering structure and color.

Size: ‘Hidcote Pink’ typically reaches a height and spread of 24-30 inches (60-75 cm), creating a dense, rounded silhouette that is both ornamental and manageable.

Flowers: ‘Hidcote Pink’ produces lovely spikes of soft pink flowers that stand out against the gray-green foliage. The blooming period for ‘Hidcote Pink’ extends from late spring through early summer, with attentive deadheading encouraging a potential second bloom in late summer or early fall.

Foliage: The foliage is silvery-green, narrow, and lance-shaped, typical of the Lavandula angustifolia species. The leaves are aromatic, releasing a pleasant lavender scent when touched or brushed against, contributing to the plant’s sensory appeal.

Hardiness: This cultivar is hardy in USDA zones 5-8, making it a resilient choice for a variety of climates.

Uses: Perfect for adding depth and contrast in perennial borders, rock gardens, and as a standout feature in container gardens. Its compact size and striking blooms make it highly versatile. The flowers are edible and can be used to add flavor and decorative elements to dishes, desserts, and beverages. Ideal for creating bouquets, sachets, and potpourris, or extracting essential oils, thanks to its strong fragrance and beautiful flower color.

Wildlife: The flowers are a magnet for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, enhancing biodiversity in the garden.

Deer and Rabbits: Lavender is deer and rabbit resistant, owing to its fragrant foliage, making it an excellent choice for gardens plagued by these pests.

Drought Tolerance: This lavender is highly drought-tolerant once established, requiring minimal watering and thriving in dry conditions.

Toxicity: Lavender contains compounds toxic to dogs, cats, and horses if ingested in large quantities, leading to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and lethargy. Use caution around pets.

Invasiveness: English lavender is not considered invasive. It grows well where planted without spreading aggressively.

How to Grow and Care for English Lavender

Light: Full sun (6+ hours of direct sunlight daily).

Soil: Well-drained, sandy, or gravelly soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH. Excellent drainage and air circulation are essential, specifically in hot, humid climates. Lavender tolerates dry soils.

Water: Allow soil to dry out between watering. Established plants are drought-tolerant.

Fertilizer: Minimal fertilization is needed. Apply a light, slow-release fertilizer in early spring, if at all.

Pruning: Prune lightly in early spring to shape and again after flowering to encourage dense growth.

Propagation: Best propagated by cuttings in summer.

English Lavender – Pests, Diseases, and Common Problems

English Lavender is relatively low-maintenance but can encounter some pests, diseases, and common problems

Pests

  • Aphids: These insects can cause curling and distortion of the leaves and stems, as well as the production of sticky honeydew.
  • Spider mites: These tiny pests can cause yellowing and stippling of the leaves, as well as the formation of webbing.
  • Whiteflies: Whiteflies are small, sap-sucking insects often found on the undersides of leaves, where they feed on plant sap and excrete sticky honeydew.
  • Thrips: These insects feed on the plant’s flowers, causing them to become deformed and discolored.

Diseases

  • Septoria leaf spot: This fungal disease can cause small, dark spots on the leaves, which can eventually cause them to turn yellow and drop off.
  • Root rot: Overwatering and poorly-draining soil can lead to root rot, which can cause the plant to wilt and die.
  • Powdery mildew: This fungal disease can create a powdery white coating on the leaves, causing them to turn yellow and fall off.

Common Problems

Woody Growth: Lavender becomes woody with age. Regular pruning can delay this, but plants may need replacing every few years.
Insufficient Blooming: Often due to too much nitrogen or insufficient sunlight. Ensure full sun and avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers.
Legginess: Caused by inadequate light. Plant in a location that receives full sun to promote compact growth.

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Trouble-free if grown in the right conditions, lavender is a wonderful addition to flower beds and containers thanks to its richly fragrant flowers and aromatic foliage.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Herbs, Shrubs
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Lavandula
Common names English Lavender, Lavender
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard, Mediterranean Garden
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Herbs, Shrubs
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Lavandula
Common names English Lavender, Lavender
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard, Mediterranean Garden
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