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Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Superior' - Landscape

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Superior' - Landscape

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Superior'

Hidcote Superior English lavender

A reliable dwarf form of English lavender.  It forms a dense mound of silvery-gray foliage and has a long blooming season.

The Hidcote Superior form of English lavender was introduced into the nursery trade in 2001 and is an improved version of the very popular cultivar 'Hidcote.'   The improvements include better uniformity, consistent quality and improved flower power.

Like 'Hidcote,' this newer form remains very compact, growing to just 16" high with the flowers and about 16-18" wide.  It looks particularly stunning when mass-planted or used as a low-growing hedge.

Hidcote Superior blooms from June to September, bearing numerous deep violet blue flower spikes.

Like most lavenders, Hidcote Superior grows best in plenty of sun and needs to be planted in a soil with good drainage.

Hidcote Superior lavender is heat tolerant and will survive winter temperatures down to 20°F.

The geographic descriptors of lavender - English, Spanish and French - don't refer to the countries the plants are native to.  They actually refer to the areas the different types were historically planted by the cosmetic/perfume instries.  Although not California natives, lavenders are excellent beneficial insect plants, providing pollen and nectar for native bees to feed on.

The flowers can be cut to make a fresh bouquet.  They can also be dried for dry flower arrangements or making pot pourri.

Lavenders have been cultivated for hundreds of years for their aromatic oils which are used in aromatherapy and the perfume, cosmetics and toiletry industries.  Plants also have medicinal and culinary uses.   The genus name "Lavandula" is derived from the latin word lavo, which translates as "I wash."



Hidcote Superior English lavender Growing and Maintenance Tips

Once a year, trim the plants back all over with a pair of hedging shears or large garden scissors.  Do this after the flowers have died, usually mid-late summer.  How much should you cut the plants back?  Don't just cut off the flower stems; take off about 1-2" of the leafy stem as well.  This will help the plants to stay nice and bushy, rather than becoming leggy and woody at the base.


Height:

16 Inches

Spread:

14-16 Inches

Spacing:

18 Inches

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Superior' Characteristics

Attributes

  • Salt Tolerant
  • Evergreen
  • Wind resistant
  • Fragrant flowers

Flower color

  • Blue / Purple / Lavender / Violet

Foliage color

  • Silver, White, Grey

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Mounding

Exposure

  • Sunny all day - Coast

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Spring
  • Summer

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Fall

Critter resistance

  • Deer resistant
  • Rabbit resistant

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts beneficial insects
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Attracts bees

Suggested uses

  • Median strip

Plants that work well with Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Superior'

Yarrow, Marie Ann Yarrow, Marie Ann (Achillea millefolium 'Marie Ann')
Yarrow, Island Pink Yarrow, Island Pink (Achillea millefolium 'Island Pink')