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'Drops of Jupiter' Ornamental Oregano

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'Drops of Jupiter' Ornamental Oregano

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The 'Drops of Jupiter' Ornamental Oregano, a stunning Origanum hybrid, is a testament to the enchanting beauty and resilience of perennial plants. This award-winning herbaceous perennial is designed to captivate and charm in any show garden, boasting an impressive display of chartreuse yellow foliage crowned with delicate mauve pink flowers from mid-summer into early fall. Standing tall at about 24 inches with a spread reaching up to 36 inches, this plant is not just a feast for the eyes but also a beacon for pollinators, attracting bees and butterflies to its fragrant foliage.

Hardy across zones 4 through 9, 'Drops of Jupiter' thrives in full sun exposure, requiring at least six hours of sunlight daily to flourish. Its foliage, interestingly less intense in flavor than typical oregano varieties, is edible, making it a unique addition to the culinary garden as well. Despite its exotic appearance, this plant is remarkably easy to care for. It exhibits excellent drought and heat tolerance, while its fragrant foliage naturally resists deer, making it a low-maintenance choice for gardeners looking to add long-lasting color and texture to their landscapes.

Plant Attributes

The 'Drops of Jupiter' Ornamental Oregano is a medium-height perennial that captivates with its vibrant display and resilience. This plant reaches a garden height of approximately 24 inches (61 cm) and spreads out to about 36 inches (91 cm), forming a lush, mounded shape that adds depth and texture to any garden space. Its foliage, a striking chartreuse yellow, serves as a lively backdrop for the mauve pink flowers that bloom from mid-summer into early fall, creating a picturesque scene that lasts several months.

Notably, this ornamental oregano variety is an award-winner, celebrated for its fragrant foliage that not only adds a sensory delight to gardens but also possesses edible qualities, albeit with a less intense flavor compared to traditional oregano varieties. It exhibits exceptional heat and drought tolerance, making it a robust choice for gardeners in search of hardy, low-maintenance plants. Furthermore, 'Drops of Jupiter' is designed to attract beneficial pollinators like bees and butterflies, enhancing the biodiversity of its surroundings. At the same time, its aromatic foliage naturally deters deer, providing an added layer of resilience against wildlife.

Landscape Use

The 'Drops of Jupiter' Ornamental Oregano offers a multitude of landscaping uses, making it a versatile and vibrant addition to any garden design. Here are some of its most effective uses in landscaping:

  • Border Plantings: Its medium height and colorful foliage make it an excellent choice for border plantings, where it can define garden spaces and pathways with its vibrant chartreuse yellow leaves and mauve pink flowers.
  • Container Gardening: This ornamental oregano is perfect for container gardening, adding a splash of color to patios, balconies, and deck areas. Its drought tolerance makes it a low-maintenance option for containers.
  • Landscape Accent: Planted in the landscape, 'Drops of Jupiter' serves as a stunning accent plant. Its unique foliage and flower colors can create focal points in garden beds and around outdoor living spaces.
  • Mass Planting: For a dramatic effect, use 'Drops of Jupiter' in mass plantings. Large groups of this plant can create a sea of color, texture, and interest, especially effective in larger garden areas.
  • Pollinator Gardens: Given its attraction to bees and butterflies, incorporating it into pollinator gardens can help support local ecosystems. Its flowers provide a valuable source of nectar for these beneficial insects.
  • Mixed Beds and Borders: Its striking foliage and flowers make it a great companion plant in mixed beds and borders. It pairs well with other perennials and annuals, offering contrasting textures and colors.
  • Drought-Tolerant Landscapes: For gardens designed to conserve water, 'Drops of Jupiter' is an ideal choice. Its drought tolerance means it can thrive in xeriscaping projects and in areas with water restrictions.
  • Herb Gardens: Though ornamental, 'Drops of Jupiter' can also be included in herb gardens. Its leaves are edible, albeit with a milder flavor than traditional oregano, adding both beauty and utility to herb collections.
  • Wildlife-Friendly Gardens: Besides attracting pollinators, its deer-resistant nature makes it suitable for gardens in areas where deer are a concern. It can thrive without being compromised by wildlife.

Incorporating 'Drops of Jupiter' Ornamental Oregano into landscaping projects not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of garden spaces but also supports local wildlife, offers low-maintenance care, and provides versatility in design applications. Its unique characteristics allow it to stand out or complement a wide range of garden styles, from cottage and Mediterranean to rustic and contemporary landscapes.

Planting & Care

Caring for 'Drops of Jupiter' Ornamental Oregano involves understanding its basic needs for optimal growth and bloom. Here is a guide to planting and caring for this unique plant:

Planting Instructions:

  1. Timing: Plant in spring or early fall to allow the plant time to establish before the extremes of summer heat or winter cold.
  2. Location: Choose a site that receives full sun, as 'Drops of Jupiter' thrives in at least six hours of direct sunlight daily.
  3. Soil Preparation: Although adaptable to a range of soil types, it prefers well-drained soil. Amend heavy clay or sandy soils with compost to improve drainage and nutrient content.
  4. Planting: Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball and the same depth. Place the plant in the hole, ensuring the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Fill in around the root ball with soil, gently firming down. Water thoroughly after planting to settle the soil around the roots.

Care Instructions:

  • Watering: Water regularly to establish. Once established, 'Drops of Jupiter' is drought-tolerant, but may require more frequent watering in extreme heat or if planted in containers.
  • Fertilizing: Feed with a general-purpose fertilizer in early spring and again in mid-summer to support growth and flowering. Avoid over-fertilization, which can diminish flowering.
  • Pruning: Shearing back the plants after the initial flush of flowers can encourage a second bloom and maintain a compact form. Deadheading is not necessary but can improve appearance.
  • Winter Care: In colder zones, mulch around the base of the plant in fall to protect roots through winter. In the warmest zones, 'Drops of Jupiter' may remain evergreen.
  • Pest and Disease Management: 'Drops of Jupiter' is relatively disease and pest-resistant. However, good air circulation helps prevent fungal diseases, and keeping the area around the plant clean can deter pests.

By following these planting and care instructions, 'Drops of Jupiter' Ornamental Oregano will be a hardy, vibrant addition to your garden, providing color and interest from mid-summer into early fall.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Watering Needs: Average; requires well-drained soil with low to average moisture. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: o-RI-ga-num hy-BRID
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Medium
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a height of 24 inches (61 cm) and spreads to 36 inches (91 cm).
  • Special features: Award Winner, Fragrant Foliage, Foliage Interest, Heat Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Attracts Bees and Butterflies, Deer Resistant
  • Dramatic Foliage: Chartreuse yellow foliage
  • Foliage color: Yellow
  • Blooms: Mid Summer to Early Fall
  • Flower color: Pink, Purple
  • Flower attributes: Mauve pink flowers
  • Garden style: Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
  • Design Ideas: Ideal for adding vibrant color and texture to border plantings, containers, and landscapes. Use in mass plantings for a dramatic effect or as a filler in mixed garden beds for contrast. Suitable for a show garden with its award-winning appearance. Can be incorporated into herb gardens for both its ornamental and edible qualities.
  • Companion Plants: Complements other drought-tolerant and sun-loving perennials such as Lavender, Salvia, Sedum, and ornamental grasses, creating a diverse and resilient garden design.

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