This woody perennial evergreen subshrub is native to the Mediterranean and is one of the most northern-hardy of the Mediterranean plants. The aroma of the flowers, either fresh or dried, is totally unique and one of the best of all herbal aromas. The plant prefers full sun and regular garden soil with good drainage required. Scarify seed lightly on fine sandpaper and sow in springtime in flats. Barely cover seed, tamp well, and keep evenly moist, warm, and in the light until germination occurs, usually in about 7-10 days. Transplant to pots after the second set of true leaves appears. After a few more weeks of growth, transplant out to garden leaving two to three feet of space between plants. Cut plant back in the fall to limit snow damage and to maintain a nice, rounded shape.