This is Munstead, the most popular lavender grown in the US. It’s not hard to grow, but it’s important where you plant it. Keep reading.
Lavender for your garden? Here's how to grow it: Everybody loves lavender, and who hasn't ooohed and ahhhed over photos of the incredible purple fields in the UK and the South of France? Well, the photo on our Lavender listing page was taken in Oregon, and there's no reason you can’t grow lavender in your own backyard. But there are a few things you need to know.
First of all, if you live in a very humid place, it simply won’t work. It’s almost impossible to grow lavender in South Florida, for example, but most of the US, north to Zone 5, is fine. Of course, the farther north you are, the more plant you'll lose each year to winter kill. A good thick hedge will probably never happen in Zone 5, but don't worry.
Where and how you plant is all important. Keep in mind that the lavenders are native to the Mediterranean, and if you've ever been to the South of France, you know that means hot, rocky, and arid--almost desert-like in many places. This tells you lavenders demand sharp-draining soils, never rich, damp and soggy. Fact is, if you fail with lavender, it will probably be due to over-watering. Lavenders don't mind drought a bit, and love hot, blazing sun. Remember, little water and no shade!
As for varieties, most of our choices are cultivars of the English Lavenders, which are cultivars of Lavendula angustifolia. These include both the famous Hidcote dwarf and Munstead, the most popular variety for the US. Jean Davis is a pink variety, and Lavance Purple is famous for its particularly vivid blue-purple bloom. Beyond the English types, there are lavenders commonly called French, Spanish, and other names.
Lavandula angustifolia Munstead
|Item Package Size|
|Seed Life Cycle|
Mid to late summer
|Wildflower Mix or Specie|
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Western Mediterranean region
|Seeds Per Pound|
|Seeds Per Packet|
approx. 100 seeds per packet
covers 20-30 square feet
Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Great For Mass Plantings, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Multiplies / Naturalizes, Evergreen, Low Maintenance, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Dried Flowers, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant, Rabbit Resistant
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada|