Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A compact form of the popular English lavender, named after plantsman Laurence Johnston's famous Arts and Crafts garden in Gloucestershire. It produces dense spikes of fragrant, deep violet summer flowers above slender, aromatic, silvery-grey leaves. It is possibly the best lavender for edging paths and borders and the aromatic foliage perfumes the air if you brush against it. It also works well in a gravel garden, or clipped into a formal sphere for a contemporary look. The flower-spikes are highly attractive to bees and other nectar-loving insects.
- Garden care: Cut back the stalks after the flowers have faded. Carefully trim back in April, taking care not to cut into old wood.
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Q:I am looking for a long flowering lavender suitable for planting in large rectangle planters (I have put about eight planters 1m x 0.5m x 0.5m along the front of our house). Can you advise whether the Hidcote variety would work. I've also looked at the pendunculata variety that has the pretty butterfly appearance but they seem to have a much shorter flowering period. Perhaps I need a mix? Most grateful for your advice.Asked on 18/3/2015 by novice gardener from Hampshire
Lavandula pedunculata subsp. pedunculata is a lovely lavender which you could use, but these are classed as borderline hardy so may need protection during the winter.
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' does have a longer flowering period, is very popular for hedges and it is fully hardy. I think this would look lovely in your planters.
Hope this helps.Answered on 26/3/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:How big are the Lavender Hidcote plants that come in the 1.5 litre pots?Asked on 8/21/2014 by Loppy from London
A:Thanks Helen but that doesn't sound right at all. Surely you mean between 5 inches & 15 inches?? not cms. I'd ordered, received & planted the lavender by the time I got your response & thankfully the lavender was no where near as tiny as you quote.Answered on 8/29/2014 by Loppy from London
It depends on the time of the year, but these plants can be anywhere between 5 and 15cm tall.Answered on 8/27/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:Which Lavenderis best for border edging and what size plants?
Hi I am at the moment pulling out some very shabby Lavender which was edging two borders. I would like to replace them but I am not sure which would be the best variety to use (I inherited them with the house and can't tell what they were). I would also appreciate some advice on how far apart to plant them and whether it would be better to buy the bigger more mature plants or samller plants? Thanks in advance for any guidance you can give me. KatieAsked on 9/27/2009 by Katie Waddington
A:Hello Katie, All Lavenders do well as hedging, but as the angustifolias are hardier, I would opt for this type. If you want a taller hedge and you don't mind being a little patient, then I would opt for the smaller pots of Lavandula angustifolia. If however you want a more compact hedge, then L. angustifolia Munstead or L. angustifolia Hidcote would be a better option. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/28/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Salvia suggestion please
Please could you advise me? I am looking to use a Salvia to plant with Buxus balls, Hakonechloa and Lavender. I need a strong, long flowering and easy caring Salvia variety that will not grow too tall. Your advise would be invaluable Thank you JackieAsked on 8/26/2009 by jackie middleton
A:Hello Jackie, Salvia nemorosa Caradonna probably has the longest flowering period, but it does get to 75cm tall - just click on the following lin to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/salvia-nemorosa-caradonna/classid.2000006629/ If that is too tall, then Saliva nemorosa Ostfriesland may be a better option http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/salvia-nemorosa-ostfriesland/classid.3545/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 8/27/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Lavendula ang. 'Hidcote'
Would Lavender ang.' Hidcote' be flowering late August...early September My son is getting married 4th Sept and they want to have this plant as a centre piece in the middle of the tables x 11?Asked on 7/16/2009 by Jacky
A:Hello Jacky, It is likely to be still in flower (just), however we cannot guarantee it. Perhaps to guarantee the flowers, your best option would be to cut and dry them now for use later on. If you click on the following link it will take you to the size and price we currently have. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/lavenders/lavandula-angustifolia-hidcote/classid.2000010501/Answered on 7/17/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:When do I plant Lavender?
What is the best time of year to plant Lavender Hidcote?Asked on 9/19/2006 by Dani Neville
A:As a rule, hardy plants grown in containers, such as the Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote, can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise, however you can plant in mid summer as long as you make sure the plant is kept well watered.Answered on 9/20/2006 by Crocus
A:Hi Digging in some bonemeal in to the soil when you plant will help enormously. As for planting distance, as Lavandula 'Hidcote' is a dwarf variety then I would recommend planting it 30-45cm apart. Regards HelenAnswered on 9/21/2006 by Crocus
Q:Which Lavender will grow in a pot?
I would be so grateful if you could help me. I am trying to buy an 82 year old lady some sweet smelling lavender for a birthday present. she only has a balcony, so it would have to live in a pot. Do you have anything suitable?Asked on 7/5/2005 by Ruth Inglefield
A:We do sell some lovely lavenders on our site and they all do well in pots provided they are kept well watered. The best are probably the more compact forms such as the following (you can click on the links below the names to go straight to them) Hidcote http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/lavenders/lavandula-angustifolia-hidcote/classid.2000010501/ Imperial Gem http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/mediterranean-plants/lavandula-angustifolia-imperial-gem/classid.2000008657/ Munstead http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/lavenders/lavandula-angustifolia-munstead/classid.2000002724/Answered on 7/6/2005 by Crocus
Q:How many plants do I need for my lavender hedge?
I want to make a 'Hidcote' Lavender hedge, which will be around 8.5m long. Could you tell me how many plants I would need.Asked on 6/20/2005 by Brian Bolton
A:Ideally these Lavenders should be planted at 30cm intervals to create a nice, dense hedge, so you will need around 28 plants to cover the 8.5m length.Answered on 6/22/2005 by Crocus
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