Lavender - Hidcote Blue
Lavender 'Hidcote Blue' is a popular, compact variety with a fantastic scent and striking deep purple-blue flower spikes which emerge from silver-grey foliage in mid summer.
Lavender Hidcote is great for attracting bees and butterflies, using as a culinary herb or drying for craft purposes. Once established it is very low maintenance and requires just a quick trim, after flowering, to encourage new growth and to keep it neat and tidy.
Ideal for creating a cottage garden effect or for using as low-growing soft hedging, It was named after Hidcote Manor Gardens in Gloucestershire and has been awarded a RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
|When to sow||Indoors February to June.|
|Where to sow||Sow indoors on the surface of compost filled pots or trays and cover the seeds with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a warm position (temperature of 15-20°C (59-68°F) is ideal).|
|Seedlings usually appear between 21 to 42 days.|
|What to do next||When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays and grow on in cooler conditions.|
|When all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise indoor raised seedlings to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Then transplant into final growing position planting them 45cm (18in) apart.|
|Water well until plants are established, but do not overwater as they will not tolerate water logging.|
|Lavenders should be pruned every year to keep them in a tidy shrub form. Pruning or trimming should be done each year in late summer, as soon as the blooms have faded, so that the bushes have time to make a little new growth before winter.|
|French Lavender is hardy to approx. -5°C (23°F) in well-drained soil and sheltered position. Protection with a winter mulch of straw or peat is beneficial if temperatures are likely to fall below this.|
|Flowering period||July to September (following year).|
|Companion Planting||Attracts Bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.|
|Uses||Bedding and borders, especially edging.|