Herbs - Lavender Munstead
Lavender munstead makes an excellent cut or dried flower. Dwarf variety grows 12-14" tall. Very fragrant, producing spikes of purple flowers in the summer. Plant in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant. Excellent in hedges, or for mass plantings. Use leaves in salads, vinegars, oils, sachets, flower arrangements, and wreaths.
Lavender has been used for centuries in sachets to repel moths in clothing drawers and also discourages fleas, flies and aphids. The oil is said to have a calming affect to reduce tension and encourage sleepiness. It is said to keep evil from your door. This herb has many medicinal, culinary and beauty uses. In the Middle Ages, people wore pouches of lavender around their necks to fend off various foul odors.
For use in bouquets or fresh arrangements, cut sprigs when the flower heads are 50% bloomed and if used for sachets or dried arrangments, harvest when 75% of flowers are in bloom. The easiest way to dry lavender is to cut the spikes at least 6" below where the flower head ends. Tie in bunches of 5-7 spikes by the stems with string and hang where it will not get direct sunlight and has little wind. It may take 2 weeks or more to dry. Then you can remove the flowers to use in sachets.
Companions to -- Most garden plants
Spacing -- 12 - 18" apart
Exposure -- Full Sun
Mature Size -- 60 days
Feature -- Crisp Smoky Aroma
Soil pH -- 6.4 to 6.8
Water Usage -- Low
Time to plant in garden -- When danger of frost has passed
Growing Tips -- Loves full sun and sandy soil for drainage. Lavender does well in poor soils but does not like to compete with weeds, so remove weeds before planting. Throw in a handful of well-aged compost when transplanting into the garden. Once established they need very little care.
Fertilizer -- 5-10-5 at recommended rate when planted, then several times during the season if needed.
Helps repel pests? -- Said to repel/deter ants, mice, ticks and moths