Origanum 'Barbara Tingey'
The Origanums provide valuable and lasting colour on the rock garden throughout the summer months. They enjoy full sun and a gritty well-drained soil. The picture on the right shows Origanum 'Barbara Tingey' thriving in the Crevice Garden at the AGS Centre.
This plant occurred originally as a chance hybrid between Origanum tournefortii and O. rotundifolium. It is easy to grow with a very long flowering season at a time when colour in the Alpine Garden is at a premium.
New plants can be easily propagated from cuttings taken from new growth in the Spring.
Other good hybrid Origanums for the rock garden are the well-known O. 'Kent Beauty' and the less widely available O. 'Birch Farm'.