Lavender (English Hidcote) Plants
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Hidcote Lavender is the romantic purple flower famously grown in fields across France but it also happens to be the best Lavender variety for culinary use. Enjoy this gorgeous perennial in a patio pot, as a low hedge or border plant, or mass plant it in colourful swathes through your garden.
What is Hidcote Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia, English Lavender)?
Lavender is a deeply scented bush that grows to about 50cm high. It has spikey silver-green foliage and dark purple edible flowers. Pollinating bees and butterflies absolutely love it - and for good reason!
Despite its name, English Hidcote is a native to the Mediterranean. It will fit right into an Elegant, Mediterranean, Apartment or English garden. Resistant to rabbits and tolerant of poor sandy soil, it is also suitable for coastal gardens.
Culinary Uses for English Hidcote Lavender
Lavender has a pungent floral flavour - a little goes a long way. Not all Lavender varieties are good for eating. If you are growing Lavender for use in cooking, avoid French and Spanish varieties, and opt for English Hidcote or Munstead.
Lavender pairs well with bright, fresh flavours, like lemon and mint. Crush petals into sugar for use in shortbread, infuse cream and ice cream, or steep them in a lemony liquid for a fancy summer slushie. This edible flower is sometimes found in the famous Herbes de Provence. You can make your own blend, mixing it with herbs like mint, thyme and rosemary. Use your herbs as a rub for lamb and chicken.
Growing Conditions - English Hidcote Lavender
Easy-care Lavender thrives in full sun, and well-draining soil. Like many Mediterranean plants, it is fine in poor, dry soil. It doesn't do well in the shade, damp/humidity, or clay. (Lavender doesn't like having waterlogged roots.) Despite this, English Lavender is a hardy plant. Unlike French and Spanish varieties, it is frost hardy. It is also wind and drought tolerant.
When your Lavender plants are young, prune them in early spring to encourage them to bush out. Thereafter, prune your Lavender bushes back in spring to encourage new growth. To dry cut Lavender, tie together a bundle of stems, and hang upside down in a cool, dark place for approximately two weeks.