A traditional cottage garden lavender with blue/violet flowers, it has many culinary, aromatic and medicinal uses and like all lavender is loved by bees. It needs to be grown in a sunny aspect for a good display of flowers and scent.
- Loved by bees
- Flowers dry well
- Popular garden herb
Lavender was thought to be an important herb to the Romans and Greeks who used it for bathing and laundry – the lain word for washing is lavare. It was a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I and was used to disguise stenches and ward off the plague. Although native to the Southern Europe and the Middle East it grows successfully in the UK and there are several large lavender farms producing products and oils. Hidcote is about eighty years old and a truly typical English lavender and one of the most popular varieties.
- Height: 60-100cm
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: Purple
- Flowering period: June - August
Lavender loves sun and though it will grow in areas with a bit more shade it will produce less or no flowers and less scent. It prefers a well-drained soil and can be successfully grown in containers or the ground. After flowering each year cut lavender back quite hard, not into the very woody base, above where the foliage begins and this will help keep it more compact and with less hard wood at the base.
Lavender flowers are made into an essential oil widely used by aromatherapists and an important addition to a first aid box. Lavender has traditional benefits to the nervous system and helps to relax the mind and body. The essential oil is a skin care remedy that helps reduce infection and inflammation for cuts, grazes, wounds and burns.
The floral flavour is used in many savoury or sweet baked goods, ice creams, desserts, drinks and salads. It is used extensively in the cosmetic and skin care industry.
The tea can be enjoyed by gently infusing the flowers and leaves and the dried flowers can be added to sleep pillows or laundry bags.
Herbs are usually dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays via a 24hr courier service, within 2-4 days of placing your order. Please note that at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
1 - 24 herbs - £5.60
25+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
All the herbs are supplied in 9x9 cm pots (8cm depth). Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.