Saturday, June 11, 2011

Snapshots from the Garden: Variegated Herbs / Fruits

Variety and Variegation in the garden.
Some herb and fruit trees are pretty enough to be ornamental plants.  Here are two of them:

Variegated Calamansi / Calamondin / Citrofortunella microcarpa

The leaves of the Variegated Calamansi are quite striking.  It brightens up the predominantly green foliage of the surrounding plants...

Variegated Cuban Oregano / Plectranthus amboinicus
     Apparently this herb is used in Carribean cuisine.  I haven't actually cooked with this - it seems a tad bit too strongly-scented.  I like having it around, though - the leaf pattern is interesting and there's a lot of texture, too.  The leaves are thick and succulent.  It's very easy to propagate, too.  Friends grow it at the base of a potted plant, to drive away aphids, in pest-prone plants such as Hibiscus.

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