Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote Superior’
HIDCOTE SUPERIOR ENGLISH LAVENDER
Hidcote Lavender is considered the prince amongst English Lavenders, because of it’s rich flower colour, and compact tight growth.
But Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote Superior’ takes a step up again for even richer, deeper purple-blue.
As well as enhanced bloom production, combined with compact, neat growth.
Hidcote Lavender was of course developed at that quintessential great English garden at Hidcote Manor, by the acclaimed gardener Lawrence Johnston (no relation to me I am afraid).
And Lawrence would have nothing but the best.
So he would have loved this new cultivar of the famous ‘Hidcote Lavender’ he developed at his masterpiece Hidcote garden.
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote Superior’ has divine fragrance, just as intense as normal English lavender.
And the deep rich lavender-blue flowers contrast very well against the silvery-grey foliage.
Hidcote Superior” is an ideal plant for low hedges, either clipped or unclipped, as it is naturally a neat and compact grower.
So it is also sensational featured in a pot.
Few of us could ever be without the perfume pleasure of sniffing English Lavender.
And you just can’t resist the temptation to pick some flowers or foliage every time you pass, rub it in your hands, and drink in the scent. (The plant won’t mind – they love being trimmed).
Naturally neat & compact
However Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote Superior’ grows to a naturally rounded, tight 40cm tall, making it perfect for low garden hedges, trimming into decorative balls, or featuring in a pot.
It is also useful in the kitchen for cooking, potpourri, and in vases of cut flowers.
It flowers around mid-summer, with a rich sweet scent highly attractive to bees as well as to us gardeners.
Water-wise & Drought hardy
English Lavender relishes a position in Full Sun, where it can really ripen its flowers and intensify the essential oils.
It will tolerate acid soil, but really thrives in alkaline soils.
So make sure you treat it with a handful of lime twice a year.
And it will hate you if you plant it in a heavy or waterlogged spot.
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote Superior’ is a very water-wise choice for gardeners with limited water.
And it is drought resistant, and toughly hardy in heat and frost.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Sow winter to late spring or sow in late summer to autumn.
INDOORS: Sow in punnets on the surface of a well-drained, seed raising mix.
First – briefly, gently rub seeds between sheets fine sandpaper to allow moisture to more easily penetrate the hard seed surface.
Then sow seed on the surface of good quality seed raising mix. Press gently. Barely cover with mix as the seeds need light to germinate.
Keep punnet moist in warm, well-lit place.
Temperatures of 18- 20°C approx. are optimum for fast germination.
Seedlings emerge in 21-30 days.
If the seeds are shy to break dormancy – then cling-wrap punnet and place in the fridge (not freezer) for 3 weeks.
Then remove from fridge, unwrap punnet & return to warm, well-lit place. Keep moist.
SEED COUNT: 70 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).