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.     

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  

 

Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.