This evergreen woody shrub is native to the Mediterranean. This English broadleaf variety makes an excellent spice, and is highly aromatic. The plant prefers full sun and dryish soils. Sow the seed in spring, barely under the soil surface. Then tamp in securely, keeping warm and moist until germination, which usually takes a week or two. Space plants three feet apart. This variety produces mound-shaped plants that can live up to 20 years.