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English Lavender


Lavandula angustifolia Munstead

Compact form with light blue flowers

A superb compact lavender with narrow grey-green leaves and spikes of bluish-purple flowers throughout the summer. Both leaves and flowers are highly scented.


This lavender makes a lovely low hedge, or perfect planted in a sunny spot in the border where the fragrance may be enjoyed.


Easy to grow in a well drained soil but add some coarse grit to the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter.

Named for Gertrude Jekyll's garden at Munstead Wood. Add the flowers to flavour herbal teas, cakes and biscuits.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 35 cm - 45 cm
Plant width 45 cm - 60 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Garden edging, Gravel garden, Flower border and beds, Coastal or drought resistant, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Banks and slopes

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - June

Typically available

From March to September