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Oregano Country Cream

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Origanum vulgare Country Cream

Decorative cream and green foliage

A spreading bushy herb that grows into a mound of aromatic leaves prettily splashed cream and green. In summer there's a display of soft pink flowers that the bees will love.

Where?

Happiest in full sun, looks great in pots, gravel beds, raised beds or the front of a sunny border.

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. Harvest the young leaves as required. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing.

Add the leaves to flavour stews, sauces, stuffing and salads.

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 June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 30 cm - 40 cm
Plant width 30 cm - 40 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 35 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
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. 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 Wildlife garden, Rock garden, Mediterranean garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Patio container, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From February to September