The Growing Place
Sweet Marjoram foliage
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 24 inches
Spacing: 20 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Majorana hortensis
This variety is noted for its mild, delicate flavor and pleasant aroma; does well in sandy loam, good heat and drought tolerance; a perfect addition to the herb garden, and is also great for containers
Sweet Marjoram is an annual herb that is typically grown for its edible qualities. The fragrant oval grayish green leaves are usually harvested from late spring to late summer. The leaves have a mild taste and a sweet fragrance.
The leaves are most often used in the following ways:
- Fresh Eating
Planting & Growing
Sweet Marjoram will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant can be difficult to integrate into a landscape or flower garden, and is best grown in a designated herb garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings.
Sweet Marjoram is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.