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Lavandula augustifolia 'Hidcote' - English Lavender (photo credit: Growing Colors)


Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'

English Lavender

The compact and beautiful 'Hidcote' is a classic lavender with especially dark lavender-purple flowers. It is a heavy bloomer, and its tidy, compact habit makes it ideal for smaller garden spaces. English lavender is an aromatic, evergreen garden herb that thrives in summer heat and dry weather. It develops a rounded, bushy habit and has fragrant leaves of pale gray-green that turn steely gray in winter.

Lavender blooms in late spring to midsummer, producing many slender, upright stems topped with spikes of densely clustered, lavender-purple flowers. The highly fragrant blooms are attractive to bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators. Its stems become quite woody and coarse looking over time and should then be pruned back quite severely in spring. This will encourage new foliage growth, which will keep plants looking young and fresh. English lavender is also a fine choice for edging, containers and sunny dry spots where fragrance and summer color are needed.

Lavender flowers have been used in perfumes and potpourris for centuries, so this evergreen is a staple plant for the herb garden. If preparing the blooms for potpourri and sachets, harvest leaves and/or flowers just before the flowers are open fully. Hang in bunches in a dry, airy location with high temperatures. When completely dry, strip flower heads off stems to use in sachets or potpourri. Store in air-tight container. To use in flower arrangements leave stems intact.


This “true lavender” is commercially planted for harvesting its oils for use in perfumes. English lavender varieties are more often used for culinary purposes than other types of lavender. Lavender flowers and foliage are also popular additions to sachets and potpourris. Lavender is an intense deterrent to deer, and will keep deer away from an entire garden if planted in generous amounts.

Nectar plant for the following butterflies--Cabbage White, Hairstreaks, Monarch, Peck’s Skipper, Sachem, Silver-Spotted Skipper, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Swallowtails, Spring and Summer Azure

English Lavender Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained, alkaline soil in full sun. Well-drained soils are required, particularly in winter. Prefers a light, sandy soil with somewhat low fertility. Remove faded flowers to promote continued bloom. Prune to shape in spring after new leaves appear. 


12-18 Inches



12-18 Inches


Hardiness Zone:

5 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'

Soil Moisture Preference
Attracts Wildlife
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Border or Bed
Drought Tolerant
Great Foliage
Cut Flower
Mass Planting
Dried Flower
Great Companion Plants for Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Coneflower Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan')
Stonecrop Stonecrop (Sedum spurium 'John Creech')
Yarrow Yarrow (Achillea taygetea 'Moonshine')
Blazing Star Blazing Star (Liatris spicata )
Garden Pinks Garden Pinks (Dianthus 'Rockin™ Red')
Stonecrop Stonecrop (Sedum spurium 'John Creech')
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