Oregano - Origanum vulgare
Growing and Using Herbs
45cm tall to 45cm wide.
Full sun or semi-shade.
Easily grown from seed sown
Flowers: July - September.
Another really easy to grow herb from seed. Later in the summer oregano produces masses of pretty pink flowers that are adored by bees and butterflies. Good for the front of a herbaceous border if you don't have a vegetable plot. Cut whole stems when harvesting so the plant doesn't look damaged.
Put it in a sunny spot and it almost can't help itself to grow - which is always an admirable quality in a plant that you intend to cut bits off on a regular basis. Oregano leaves can be added to a mixed green salad as another salad leaf. Oregano makes for a much more tasty salad alternative with spinach, watercress or even a traditional (not iceberg) lettuce and a nice dressing, basil, chives and parsley can be added too.
Also known as "pizza-herb" for obvious reasons and good with assorted grilled, roasted, fried meat, fish and vegetables, widely used in Greek and Turkish cooking. Grow in full sun or as near to it as possible for the best flavour.
Oregano seeds and plants to buy
Lavender 'Oregano' - Kew Collection Seeds£ 1.99
Oregano 'Hot and Spicy'£ 9.99
Oregano (Greek) Seeds£ 3.99
Oregano (National Trust)£ 2.49