Lavender is a perennial herb used in ornamental, flower and herb gardens. The tall, stately stems give way to small purple, white or pink flowers that give off a fragrant aroma. Two common types of lavender plants are the non-English and English lavender plants. Among English lavender varieties is Lavender Hidcote. Lavender Hidcote features dark purple/blue blooms reaching heights up to 24 inches. Growing Lavender Hidcote will offer the grower highly fragrant flower spikes throughout the summer season to use in different applications from dried floral bouquets to scented pillow sachets.
Obtain young lavender plants from reputable lavender growers. It is possible to propagate Lavender Hidcote from seeds, but the rate in which the seeds germinate is slow. When grown from seed, the lavender plants may take six months or more to grow big enough to transplant outdoors.
Loosen the existing ground at a width of 18 to 24 inches, and a depth of 6 inches, with a shovel. Choose the planting location of the lavender carefully since all lavender plants require a minimum of six hours of sunlight each day.
Spread a 2-inch layer each of aged manure, pea gravel and perlite on top of the loosened ground. With the shovel, mix these organic materials with the existing soil and mound the dirt up into 6-inch tall hills.
Create a hole within the hill that is deep and wide enough to hold the Lavender Hidcote plant. Place the lavender in front of its planting hole and water thoroughly. Continue to water the plant in its nursery packaging until water drains out from the bottom. Allow the roots to soak for one hour.
Set the lavender plant into the planting hole while lightly spreading the roots out. Pat the surrounding dirt into all gaps around the lavender plant to secure it into the hill.
Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of pine needles over the soil at the base of the Lavender Hidcote plants to aid in preventing weeds from sprouting to compete with the young lavender plants for food and water.
Keep the soil relatively moist throughout the first growing season. After the first year, as the Hidcote Lavender has established a strong root system, cut water back to once per week.
Cut off the flowering buds with pruning shears after the bloom cycle is completed. This promotes bushier growth next year.
Sowing lavender seeds may produce plants not true to the parent plant. Size, colour and flower form may differ between the original lavender and the seed plant. Space Lavender Hidcote plants equal to their height at maturity. If the plant's height at maturity is 24 inches, allow 24 inches of space between additional lavender plants.