A staple in Italian cooking this oregano belongs in every kitchen garden. A vigorous plant with broad 1 ½ inch soft green leaves it produces greenish red flower stalks in mid-summer. The blooms are attractive enough that the plants also look good in a bed or border. Use the leaves fresh or dried, their fragrance is mouth watering. The flavor is strong enough to stand up to bold flavors like tomatoes, onion, garlic and beef.