So beautiful, yet so tough. Hopley's Purple
heat, and drought, and looks great in the garden planted with white
flowering perennials (like the White
Grosso Lavender pictured to the left) or oranges (like
This gorgeous ornamental oregano blooms from mid
summer until mid fall. The thousands of tiny reddish purple flowers that combine in flower
heads make a spectacular display. Like most
Oreganos, these flowers attract butterflies.
For dried flower arrangements, cut when
the flowers are in good color. Fresh flowers stems can be carefully arranged
and left to dry for bouquets. Cut early in the day after the dew has dried
but before the sun gets too hot. If you are going to be out cutting for a
while, take a bucket of water and immerse the stem ends only. Hang
gently upside down to dry, or just stand them up in a dry vase.
To prevent shattering be very careful not to
disturb the little flowers while they are fresh. Once dried they are somewhat