Common Name: Lavender
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy
Time to take cuttings: April to July
Flowering period: July to September
Although commonly known as English lavender, the species actually hails from the Mediterranean, and can reach up to 1.8m (6ft) high, growing on dry, sun-baked hillsides. In gardens, therefore, it will benefit from a well-drained position in full sun. 'Hidcote' is a compact variety, suitable for growing in borders or as dwarf hedging and is one of the most popular lavenders with its dense silver-grey foliage, covered in fragrant, blue flower spikes in mid-summer. To encourage flowering and help retain its shape, remove dry flower stalks in late summer, then in early spring cut back shoots by 2.5cm (2in) or so, avoiding cutting into old wood. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Looks good with:Stachys byzantina
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