This hardy perennial herb has sweet smelling, aromatic foliage which is commonly used in Mediterranean cuisine. Try sprinkling oregano on lamb or pork before cooking. Oregano, also known as Pot Marjoram makes a useful and low maintenance addition to the herb garden. The flowers produced in summer and autumn can also be used for flavouring after they have been gently dried. Height and spread: 45cm.
Sow seeds from March to April in pots or trays on the surface of barely moist seed compost and cover with a sprinkling of finely sieved compost. Place in a propagator at 20-25C until germination, which takes up to 21 days. Transplant seedlings into small pots and plant outdoors, 3cm apart in well prepared dry soil in full sun, once frost risk has passed. Oregano can also be grown indoors in a pot. Plants should survive for several years. Apply a mulch of compost for added winter protection from frosts.