Greek oregano is a brighter, spicier version of its relative, common oregano. This tough herbaceous perennial spreads vigorously via rhizomes. In fact, it can become quite weedy if not regularly maintained. It is a favorite herb for Mediterranean kitchen gardens and is typically used to flavor vegetables, meat, fish and poultry.
The upright stems of this clump-forming plant are lined with small, highly fragrant, oval, hairy leaves that are medium to deep green. The strong oregano fragrance...
(Hybrid Round-leaved Oregano)
This truly magnificent perennial cousin of culinary oregano, ‘Kent Beauty,’ is an exceptional container plant when grown all by itself. It is the result of crossing Oregano rotundifolium of Turkey and Armenia with the little known Oregano scabrum. This bushy, trailing perennial produces wiry stems bearing small, oval, blue-green leaves that are quite attractive in their own right. Though not particularly aromatic, they retain some oregano fragrance.
Prized for its bloom, ‘Kent...
James H. Schutte
Grown as a lovely garden ornamental and a fragrant herb, smooth oregano is a clump forming herbaceous perennial that offers large clusters of small lavender-pink flowers in summer. This sun-loving Turkish native is moderately hardy and tough. It forms clumps that spread by rhizomes, so it does require division every two to three years.
The tall, sprawling, reddish purple stems of this pretty subshrub are lined with small, elliptical, deep green leaves that are fragrant when crushed. It is considered...
It’s no wonder this pretty ornamental oregano is so popular; ‘Herrenhausen’ has dense, vibrant lavender-pink flower clusters that shine against its deep green and burgundy-purple leaves. The flowers are supported by reddish purple bracts that continue to look pretty after blooming. This cultivar is named for the baroque Herrenhausen Gardens located in Hanover, Germany, the capital of Lower Saxony.
Grown as a lovely garden ornamental and a fragrant herb, smooth oregano is a clump forming herbaceous...
James H. Schutte
Clusters of pretty lavender purple flowers distinguish the attractive ornamental oregano, ‘Hopley’s.’ Sometimes called ‘Hopley's Purple’, it offers clusters of lavender-pink flower with purplish green bracts that offer interest even after the flowers have stopped blooming. It has an upright, clump-forming habit and is said to be less winter hardy than other cultivars.
Grown as a lovely garden ornamental and a fragrant herb, smooth oregano is a clump forming herbaceous perennial subshrub. It is...
Elongated, somewhat drooping clusters of bright rosy lavender bracts and flowers distinguish this exceptionally beautiful smooth oregano. Its colorful summer blooms rise from strong, upright reddish purple stems for added appeal.
Grown as a lovely garden ornamental and a fragrant herb, smooth oregano is a clump forming herbaceous perennial subshrub. It is considered a subshrub because it is semi-woody where hardy. Turkish in origin, it is resilient and easy to grow. Its sprawling stems are lined...
Environmental Horticulture Dept. University of Florida
This is a pretty, yellow-leaved version of the popular herb, sweet marjoram. It is lower growing than standard marjoram and less vigorous. Its bright foliar color tends not to fade and compliments many other colorful, compact ornamentals.
The aromatic foliage of the Mediterranean native, Origanum majorana, has been used in regional cooking for centuries. Sweet marjoram leaves are used fresh or dried and lend a spicy, sweet, almost piney flavor that compliments vegetables, sauces and...