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Marjoram French

Origanum onites

Vigorous form of this delicious herb

This bushy herb makes an aromatic spreading 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
Flowering July - September
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 30 cm - 40 cm
Plant width 25 cm - 30 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 35 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Acid, Chalk, Clay, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
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. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Rock garden, Mediterranean garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Garden edging, Patio container

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - December

Typically available

From February to September