Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’

English lavender

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Although often called ‘English Lavender’ Lavandula angustifolia is a plant of sun-baked rocky hillsides of the Mediterranean – a clue to their cultivation as they resent cool, wet soil in winter.

Origin: Mediterranean Europe, cultivar of horticultural origin
Genus: Lavandula
Species / Cultivar: angustifolia 'Munstead'
Common Name: English lavender
Synonym: Lavandula 'Dwarf Munstead'

Plant Biography

Although often called ‘English Lavender’ Lavandula angustifolia is a plant of sun-baked rocky hillsides of the Mediterranean – a clue to their cultivation as they resent cool, wet soil in winter. It is grown for its beautifully light, silvery, aromatic foliage and dense heads of lavender-coloured, fragrant flowers throughout summer. Nectar rich, they are a magnet for bees and butterflies. ‘Munstead’ is a compact and bushy dwarf cultivar with particularly intense, violet flowers: one of the finest all-round lavenders and essential for the Mediterranean-style garden.

‘Munstead’¬†first appeared in an English nursery catalogue in 1902. It was championed by the famous garden designer and author Gertrude Jekyll, whose West Surrey estate it was likely named after. In one passage about her garden she recorded: “…much use is made of this dwarf kind of lavender that is also amongst the best of the July flowers.”

Lavandula angustifolia 'Munsted'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.4-0.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.4-0.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care Size & Guidance

Care Size & Guidance

Like most lavenders, this requires little attention beyond watering in the warmer months when the plants are still establishing. Though they have a naturally neat habit, you can clip them annually as the summer flowers fade if further shaping is desired.

‘Munstead’ is a more compact cultivar than some, reaching around 45cm across in the right conditions. In heavier soils or colder regions it may be worth planting lavender on a slight mound and/or backfilling the planting hole with horticultural grit to improve drainage.

Expert Tip

Lavenders are part of the Lamiaceae family, an extremely diverse and important group that include many of our favourite aromatic herbs such as mint, thyme and oregano - get the most out of its scented flowers and foliage by growing in the sunniest possible spot.