Planting Marjoram & Oregano
- These plants are surprisingly easy-going, so as long as they have a good dose of sunshine each day they will grow very well. They'll even tolerate some light shade.
- Plant 40cm apart
- They will do well in the ground or in pots.
- Keep them watered during dry spells
- The plants will produce lots of leaves in early spring, followed by beautiful display of small flowers in summer. You can cut them back just before flowering for another flurry of leaves, or allow them to flower and cut them back when the flowers start to form seed heads. They both self-seed vigorously so don't allow seeds to form if you want to keep them under control!
- At the end of the autumn they will naturally die back - this is a good time to remove all the woody old growth - simply cut it back to just above ground level. New leaves will come through in early spring.
- Harvest sprigs of leaves as you want to use them - delicious with tomatoes!
- The flowers are very good for cutting
Annual or Perennial?
Marjoram and Oregano are perennials, so wil die back in winter and re-appear in early spring. Plant them in a permanent position.
Is Marjoram/Oregano good for Companion Planting?
Both these herbs are really good for bringing bees into the garden, which makes them very beneficial in the veg patch.