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Mmmmm… What’s That Smell? (Lavandula Hidcote)

Mmmmm… What’s That Smell? (Lavandula Hidcote)

Posted by John Friel on Apr 16th 2021

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’

Absolutely nothing else smells like “English lavender” -- which is, of course, not English; the genus is of Mediterranean origin. It acquired its nickname because it grows great in Great Britain. Jolly good, wot?

‘Hidcote’ typifies the species, with handsome, subtle grey-green foliage, rich purple flower spikes, and that wonderful clean, fresh, trademark fragrance. It’s a garden classic that still works beautifully in border or container.

Hardy in Zones 5 – 9, ‘Hidcote’ stands between 12” and 24”. Like many herbs, especially those from the Mediterranean, it resents excessive moisture and grows best in well-drained soils. 


1. ‘Hidcote’ is named for an influential Arts & Crafts garden in England’s Cotswolds, near the hamlet of Hidcote Bartrim. The manor house dates to the 17th Century; the elaborate gardens were designed in the early 20th by horticulturist Lawrence Johnston. Born in Paris to American parents, he became a British citizen and fought for England in the Second Boer War and WWI.

2. The National Trust says Hidcote is “a stone’s throw from Stratford-Upon-Avon,” home of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Mind you, that’s just an expression. Actual stone-throwing is frowned upon. 

Hidcote Manor Garden

Pot up a piece of history. Give your lavender ‘Hidcote’ a great start with nifty, thrifty 72-cell liners from Emerald Coast Growers – your easy choice!

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