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The origanum family branches in all direction�relatives include the varieties of marjoram, hybrids of marjoram and oregano, and hybrids newly developed or discovered. Although we often read that oregano�s home is Greece, I recently learned at the museum of Gardening History in London that four indigenous oreganos have been found in Great Britain.

Three great things about this herb: its terrific flavor, its value as a landscape plant, and its happiness in our climate! Nothing could be easier to grow right here in our own gardens�4-inch plants are available at The Arbor Gate virtually year-round, and it can be planted whenever available. This herb is evergreen, so what could be nicer as a groundcover!

Find a sunny spot and plant your oregano in good garden soil�it is very forgiving as to mix as long as well-drained�then stand back and mind that your mounding oregano doesn�t take up more room than you like. All kinds take well to pruning and they aren�t fussy about the time of year. Fertilize with the Arbor Gate Blend for all-round good nutrition.

Hilltop Oregano, Madalene Hill�s contribution to this burgeoning herb family, is a favorite for culinary uses�it�s mild and complex flavor add richness and interest to any recipe that calls for oregano.