Lavender Munstead description:
Impressive when in flower – purple blue flowers in the summer.
Grey green foliage for the rest of the year.
This is an ‘English’ Lavender but originally comes from the Mediterranean!
This is produced by seed and is therefore slightly variable in leaf colour and the overall size of the plant.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
Good for wildlife in general.
A bat friendly plant.
Can tolerate a coastal aspect with a certain amount of salt laden air.
How easy is it to grow:
This is great for a herb garden, border or patio and is trouble-free provided it is given well drained soil and is given a trim after flowering.
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Botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia Munstead.
Lavender Munstead culinary uses:
Use flowers in soups, salads and stews.
The best position in the garden:
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, good at filling a space in the border.
What type of soil:
Well drained soil, also tolerates acidic soil and chalky soil.
How much moisture:
Normal moisture, or dryish, stony soil.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Hardy, provided it has got good drainage.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Trim old flowering stalks off and then in the spring trim lightly all over to give it many years of reliable flowering on solid bushes – if they are not trimmed they become leggy and straggly and fall apart.
But do not cut in to any growth that hasn’t got any leaves.
Size of plant:
Height 60 cm.
Spread 100 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 1 plant per square metre.
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