Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'
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Grey-green foliage and soft, mauve-blue flowers on this silver-washed lavender for hedging or mounding
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A compact lavender, named after Gertrude Jekyll's garden at Munstead Wood. It produces dense spikes of fragrant, bluish-purple summer flowers above slender, aromatic, grey-green leaves. This is a lovely lavender for edging paths and borders; the aromatic foliage perfumes the air if you brush against it. It also works well in a gravel garden, or clipped into a formal sphere for a contemporary look. The flower-spikes are highly attractive to bees and other nectar-loving insects.
- Garden care: Cut back the stalks after the flowers have faded. Carefully trim back in April, taking care not to cut into old wood.
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Q:Will this lavender survive in poor soil...ie stony and filled with old roots in full sunAsked on 22/5/2016 by Sal from West Sussex
These plants will take drought in their stride (once well established), however they prefer a reasonably fertile soil. It is also worth keeping in mind that all plants that have been grown on the nursery have become accustomed to their ideal conditions, so will need several months to readjust to a less hospitable environment.Answered on 31/5/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:Which Lavenderis best for border edging and what size plants?
Hi I am at the moment pulling out some very shabby Lavender which was edging two borders. I would like to replace them but I am not sure which would be the best variety to use (I inherited them with the house and can't tell what they were). I would also appreciate some advice on how far apart to plant them and whether it would be better to buy the bigger more mature plants or samller plants? Thanks in advance for any guidance you can give me. KatieAsked on 27/9/2009 by Katie Waddington
A:Hello Katie, All Lavenders do well as hedging, but as the angustifolias are hardier, I would opt for this type. If you want a taller hedge and you don't mind being a little patient, then I would opt for the smaller pots of Lavandula angustifolia. If however you want a more compact hedge, then L. angustifolia Munstead or L. angustifolia Hidcote would be a better option. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 28/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Hi Can you tell me, if you're taking cuttings from dwarf Lavender Munstead, do you do it before its trimmed back or after? Thank youAsked on 22/9/2009 by COLETTE LINEHAM
A:Hello There, You can propagate these from softwood or semi-ripe cuttings from early summer to autumn, or hardwood cuttings from late autumn to winter, so it will really depend on when you want to take them and when you cut back your plants. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 22/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Which Lavender will grow in a pot?
I would be so grateful if you could help me. I am trying to buy an 82 year old lady some sweet smelling lavender for a birthday present. she only has a balcony, so it would have to live in a pot. Do you have anything suitable?Asked on 5/7/2005 by Ruth Inglefield
A:We do sell some lovely lavenders on our site and they all do well in pots provided they are kept well watered. The best are probably the more compact forms such as the following (you can click on the links below the names to go straight to them) Hidcote http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/lavenders/lavandula-angustifolia-hidcote/classid.2000010501/ Imperial Gem http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/mediterranean-plants/lavandula-angustifolia-imperial-gem/classid.2000008657/ Munstead http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/lavenders/lavandula-angustifolia-munstead/classid.2000002724/Answered on 6/7/2005 by Crocus
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