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Origanum 'Kent Beauty' (Ornamental Oregano)

Oregano 'Kent Beauty', Ornamental Oregano 'Kent Beauty'


Valued for its long-lasting clusters of pretty flowers and attractive foliage, award-winning Origanum 'Kent Beauty' (Ornamental Oregano) is a semi-evergreen, bushy subshrub with trailing stems densely covered with small, rounded, silver-veined, blue-green, aromatic leaves. Blooming all summer long, it produces whorls of pendulous, papery pink, cream, and pale green, hop-like flowers. While the leaves are aromatic, don't add them to your salads as this oregano is usually not used in cooking. One of the showiest ornamental oreganos, Kent Beauty is perfect for the front of sunny borders, containers, hanging baskets or window boxes. The charming flowers can be used in dried flower arrangements too. Kent Beauty is a hybrid between Origanum rotundifolium and Origanum scabra.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 6-9 in. tall (15-22 cm) and 8-12 in. wide (20-30 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Good heat and drought tolerance. Intolerant of high humidity.
  • Low maintenance and relatively disease and pest free, this plant is also deer resistant.
  • An excellent choice for perennial borders, coastal gardens, cottage gardens, rock gardens, Mediterranean gardens or containers.
  • Cut back old flowered stems in early spring to keep the planting tidy and to induce growth of new leaves.
  • Propagate by division in spring, or by basal cuttings in late spring

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Herbs, Shrubs
Plant Family Origanum - Oregano
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 6" – 9" (15cm – 22cm)
Spread 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spacing 8" – 12" (20cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Herbs, Shrubs
Plant Family Origanum - Oregano
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 6" – 9" (15cm – 22cm)
Spread 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spacing 8" – 12" (20cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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