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How tall do Lavender Munstead really grow?

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We already have a Hidcote Lavender growing in our raised bed formal garden, but it grows to about 1m tall in summer and overshadows all the other plants. We need to find a dwarf, purple lavender for edging - we've heard that Munstead would be suitable, but before buying some 30+ plants, we need to be sure that it will be suitable.

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  • Posted: Wed. 17th February 2010 14:07

Lavender suggestions

Reply from Katy Elton

Hi Hilary,

Your sources are correct! Lavendar angustifolia 'Munstead' is a dwarf, compact lavender which is excellent for edging - it grows to 30-45cm high, and spreads 50-60cm, with dense spikes of blue/purple flowers.

An alternative could be Lavendar angustifolia 'Little Lady', which is slightly more compact at 40x40cm, and has slightly paler flowers. Another suggestion is Lavendar angustifolia 'Lavenite Petite', which at 35x35cm is even smaller, with deep blue flowers on rounded flower spikes (more 'pom pom' like than the other varieties).

To keep the lavender neat and tidy it is important to trim them twice a year. This should not be done before they are fully established (i.e. not before their second summer in the ground). The first trim is after flowering (usually around August), removing the old flowers and their stems and around 10cm of foliage (being careful not to cut into any old wood). The second should then be done in spring (around March) - again taking off around 10cm of foliage. This will result in neat, compact domes of lavender which produce plentiful blooms for you during the summer.

I hope this helps and that you are successful in finding the right variety for you!

Katy

  • Posted: Fri. 19th February 2010 17:19

Lavender suggestions

Reply from Hilary Buckley

Hi Katy

Many thanks for your suggestions - will definitely take a look at 'Lavenite Petite'.

Thanks again.

Hilary

  • Posted: Fri. 19th February 2010 18:32