Ah… Lavender! Is there any herb with a more delightful, soothing scent? Breathing it in on a warm summer day makes you feel as if you might be on a dream vacation in the south of France. Munstead Lavender has that classic fragrance you’ll love. This special selection is a practical choice for busy homeowners. Naturally small and compact, it requires little trimming to remain neat and tidy all season. Of course, you’ll want to trim the purple flowers regularly to bring inside for potpourri or just for a little bouquet to brighten a room.
Although it’s native to the Mediterranean region, this type of Lavender Spirit is commonly known as English Lavender. It grows so well in England and has been cherished there for so long that many people think it’s actually native there. The variety known as Munstead technically did originate in England. It was first grown by a famous garden designer and garden writer named Gertrude Jekyll and was introduced in 1916. Jekyll pioneered the extensive use of perennials and was an artist in the garden who used plants as her paints. Munstead Wood was the name of her house and garden.
Keep Munstead Lavender near your door, so you can easily snip flowers for the house. You can use the blooms in fresh arrangements or dry them. Toss a satchel of aromatic dried lavender blossoms in your drier or dresser drawer, or put one in a hot bath for a fragrant soak. You can even eat lavender blossoms! Make a pretty and sophisticated Lavender-infused lemonade, or mix dried, pulverized Lavender flowers with sugar to make elegant cookies and cakes.
How to Grow
Plant Munstead Lavender in full sun in soil that drains quickly. Sandy or gravelly soils are ideal, and loamy soils (medium textured) are good, as long as they don’t contain much organic matter. In heavy (clay) soils, you may need to amend with crushed gravel. Planting on a slope so that excess water can run off or planting the root ball a bit higher than the soil line will help prevent moisture from settling in the crown, which can lead to disease. Lavender doesn’t like to be spoiled! A hot, dry, low-fertility environment is what it craves. Too much kindness, in the form of water or fertilizer, can be deadly. You can trim Munstead Lavender all summer to shape it as you like or to cut flowers, but avoid any major trimming in the fall. Wait for new growth to emerge in spring before doing any serious pruning.
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