Lavender Hidcote Description
Deer & drought proof ground cover with strong foliage & flower fragrance!
Best Seller! The familiar sweet scent of the leaves and flowers is known to almost everyone! Lavender Hidcote blends well in the garden with its silver foliage and makes a low-growing hedge!
Drought tolerant and hardy, flowers begin to bloom In July and can be cut fresh for flower arrangements or dried for use in potpourri or dried arrangements.
Lavender is a mound forming sub-shrub or woody herb. The 1-inch blunt, needle like leaves are silver in tight placement along the stems. Tall, spikes produce terminal heads of 1/2" fragrant flowers. Grows 15" x 24".
Because it is an English lavender, its fragrance is sweeter than that of the other variants that we carry -- Phenomenal, which are Lavandin, or a cross between augustifolia, (English Lavender), and latifolia (the true French Lavender). The Lavandin tend have a more medicinal odor because of higher camphor content. Hidcote's sweet blooms are great for sachets!
How To Grow
Lavender is heat, drought and wind-tolerant. Grow in a light, sandy, somewhat dry soil in full sun to encourage good growth. It does not toleant heavy or wet soils.
In spring, once plants begin to grow, cut or trim them back by about a 1/3. Prune them like a shrub, so don't cut back completely. Remove any dead wood at this time.
Cut flower spikes before they fully open. Bundle stems in small groups (about an 1 inch diameter). Hange them upside down in a dry, dark area with good air circulation. Once dried, store in an airtight containers.
Garden Design with Lavender
Lavender is a staple in the herb garden, but also provide fragrance, foliage and flower interest in the perennial garden. They are quite stunning in large groupings lining a walkway or path. Drifts of Lavender combine well with other blue plants such Nepeta and Geranium Rozanne. Combine with "hot color" plants such as Gaillardia, vibrant gold Coreopsis or daylilies. Blue & Pinks are a delight - considering adding pink Knock Out Roses, Phlox Forever Pink, or Sedum Autumn Joy. Add some airy texture by intermingling Gaura in with your perennial garden design.
Special Features: Butterfly Lovers, Cold Hardy, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage, Dried Flower, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Fast Growing, Fragrance, Heat Tolerant, Long Blooming, Multi-Seasonal Interest, Winter Interest
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- Botanical Name:
Lavandula agustifolia 'Hidcote'
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- Zone: 5,6,7,8
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- Height x Width:
18" x 24"
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Container Gardening, Cottage Gardening, Edging, Ground Cover, Massing, Ornamental, Woodland
- Cannot Ship to:
AK,CAN, HI, PR
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Soil: Grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained, alkaline soil (pH should be 6.5 or higher). Prefers a light, sandy soil with somewhat low fertility.
Light: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium -- Root rot commonly attacks plants grown in poorly drained soils. High summer humidity in southern growing zones is not appreciated. To combat high humidity, consider using rock instead of organic mulch.
Spacing: 18 - 24 inches
Fertilizing: Feed with a light application of general purpose, or time release fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
Winterizing: Plants may not survive in winter if soils are not well-drained and/or if temperatures dip below zero degrees without protective snow cover. Prefers southwestern exposure and protection from winter wind.
Maintenance & Pruning: Remove faded flowers to promote continued bloom. Prune once or twice a year to keep plant shapely. Prune option #1: in the spring after the lavender wakes up. Wait until the lavender has signs of new growth (do not worry if it takes a while to wake up). Prune option #2: in the fall around early October. The rule of thumb in pruning is 1/3 of the plant or about 2 inches above the wood. If you prune into the wood you run the risk of the plant not coming back.
ReviewsWrite a reviewSurprized in size.Antonio D | May 12, 2014My order just arrived yesterday, and I just had to write and thank you. No only was the delivery prompt and very well packed, but the vivaciousness of the plants themselvers made opening each mox a pleasant surprise. Everything was fresh enough to practically walk out of the box on their own, and the soil and root balls were still quite moist, which seems to have all but eliminated any shipping trauma. I'm already looking forward to my next order...as soon as my spouse lets me have the credit card back. :))