Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’

Lavender 'Hidcote'

Although often called ‘English Lavender,’ Lavandula angustifolia is a plant of sun-baked rocky hillsides of the Mediterranean – a clue to their cultivation requirements. It is grown for its beautifully light, silvery, aromatic foliage and dense heads of purple, fragrant flowers throughout summer.

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Origin: Mediterranean
Genus: Lavandula
Species / Cultivar: angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Common Name: Lavender 'Hidcote'

Plant Biography

Although often called ‘English Lavender,’ Lavandula angustifolia is a plant of sun-baked rocky hillsides of the Mediterranean – a clue to their cultivation requirements. It is grown for its beautifully light, silvery, aromatic foliage and dense heads of purple, fragrant flowers throughout summer.

‘Hidcote’ is a compact and bushy semi-dwarf cultivar with particularly intense, deep violet flowers, that is named after Hidcote Manor garden where it was notably cultivated. One of the finest all-round lavenders and essential for the Mediterranean style garden.

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.75m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.6m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

All lavender resent cool, wet soil in winter and so in heavy soils it is best to line the planting trench with a thick layer of horticultural grit and plant on a slight mound to raise the roots above the worst of the winter damp. Alternatively this is a great plant for growing in containers.

If you want to shape the plant or keep it compact you can clip back annually once the flowers are spent. Though drought tolerant eventually, they do need watering well in hot weather to help successful establishment.

Expert Tip

Nectar rich, lavenders are an amazing plant for attracting pollinators - bees in particular adore this plant.