English lavender

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’


English lavenders are among the most popular garden plants of all time that are valued for their flower color and foliage fragrance and oils. This species grows into round shrub, 2-3 ft. high and as wide. It has narrow bluish gray-green leaves to 1 in. long that have smooth margins and are held upright. Flowers are light to medium purple, grow on 3-4 in. long spikes and are held on unbranched stalks 24-36 in. above the foliage in late spring to mid summer.

English lavender are available in many variations; close to 100 cultivars have been developed from this species and availability varies from nursery to nursery. L. a ‘Hidcote’ is a long-time favorite with its compact size and deep purple-blue flowers. It is an essential part of Mediterranean style gardens and is used in containers, along borders and walks, and in mixed perennial plantings.


Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Symmetrical, Mounding, Compact
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Blue
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Rocky soil, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Frost, Drought, Cold hardy, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Mass planting, Grouped, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Container plant, Commercial spaces, Civic spaces, Borders, Banks, Attracts bees, Fragrant foliage, Fragrant flowers, Attracts butterflies, Small spaces
Height: 2 ft. – 3 ft.
Width: 2 ft. – 3 ft.