We planted 15 of these in a sunny bed of 30 lavenders (15 Grosso, 15 Munstead, both cold-hardy) and they took off this summer. The key is to prep your soil to mimic sandy, volcanic, well-drained Mediterranean soils. We mixed the rich topsoil of our yard (when it was planted with grass) with equal parts of sand and perlite, plus mixed in some some bonemeal and organic starter fertilizer. Then planted them in mounds 3 feet apart, lightly mulched with shredded hardwood. They needed light but regular watering as the root systems developed but next summer they should do well even if it doesn't rain much.
Lavender - Munstead (Herb)
- Great for teas or used in soaps and lotions
- Makes a fragrant bouquet!
Lavender flowers are edible and can be used to make soothing teas or crystallized in sugar for cake decor. Lavender oil is used in soaps, lotions, bath salts, and potpourris. Simply cut fresh for bouquets to add a lovely scent to any room. 'Munstead' has a more compact habit and bluer flowers than other varieties.
Height: 12-36 inches
Spread: 12-36 inches
Uses: Culinary, Medicinal, Aromatic, Ornamental
Nature Attraction: Butterflies
Critter Resistance: Deer
Notable Features: Drought Tolerant
Homeowner Growing Tips: Remove faded flowers to promote continued blooming. Grow in well-drained soil. Established plants can tolerate some drought.