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Marjoram Compact

Origanum vulgare Compactum

Compact form of this delicious herb

This bushy herb makes an aromatic compact mound of small green leaves. It gives a summer display of soft pink flowers, much loved by butterflies and bees. To use, just pick the young leaves as needed.

Where?

Ideal for a sunny spot at the front of a border, a rock or gravel garden, it's also happy in a container.

How?

Easy to grow in a well drained soil but add some coarse grit to the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

Add the leaves to flavour salads, sauces and stuffing. The flowers are also edible.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - November
Evergreen No
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Rock garden, Patio container, Gravel garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds, Garden edging

Typically available

From February to September