Kirigami and Thumbles Ornamental Oreganos

Kirigami and Thumbles Ornamental Oreganos
Kirigami and Thumbles are two beautiful ornamental oreganos for the landscape. These are widely available. All kinds of oreganoes are suitable for pollinator gardens.

Kirigami Oregano

This ornamental oregano is grown from seed, which germinate in four to five days at 68 to 72 degrees F. Keep the potting soil somewhat on the dry side as these seedlings dislike wet soils. Seeds of Kirigami oregano are available from Park Seed and other sources. Logee’s sells plants of Kirigami oregano.

This hybrid is strictly an ornamental variety and isn’t intended for culinary use. The dense, trailing to mounded plants are scented. The stems are pendulous. This perennial reaches a foot or so in height with a matching spread. The light green leaves are scented.

Space these plants about fourteen to eighteen inches apart. Kirigami oregano is hardy in zones five through eight. When in bloom, the plant is sure to attract pollinators.

The plant is suitable for borders, containers—especially hanging baskets, and rock gardens. Full sun is best. Easy to grow and requiring little care, Kirigami oregano benefits from watering during dry periods to keep it flowering.

Blooming throughout the summer, this plant features pink to rose colored terminal, hop-like blooms. They appear on wiry stems. These can be used as everlastings.

The showy papery bracts also add color. These are greenish-purple to pinkish-purple and create a bicolor effect. The purple color is deepest with cool nights.

Thumbles Oregano

Thumbles oregano is a variety of the common oregano. Hardy to zone six, this densely leaved perennial is bushy and mounded. It reaches one to 1½ feet in height. The new leaves, which are ovate, are golden. Later, these turn green. The foliage is scented.

With age, Thumbles oregano has a tendency to become woody. The plant is recommended for containers, mass plantings, edging, and ground covers. Full sun is preferred. It does require a well drained soil.

The very long blooming plant bears flowers throughout the summer into fall. These flowers are eagerly sought by butterflies and bees. The white blooms are borne in terminal clusters.

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