is not only a delicious and aromatic herb but a
versatile landscape shrub. Here it also serves as
a backdrop for the colorful Matrix Coastal Sunrise
rosemary has been yielding incredible spikes of icy blue
flowers since early November, making it just another
reason why it is climbing the charts of my must-have
flowers. If you always thought of rosemary as a tasty
herb for poultry or pork, you’d be correct -- but once
you start growing it you really become aware of all it
has to offer the landscape.
no plant offers as much fragrance when touched or
brushed against. Children who visit the garden for field
trips are delighted with their olfactory experience. Not
only is it a fixture in the herb garden but is used as a
backdrop for seasonal color, like pansies, in much the
same way you might use a dwarf conifer.
prefers full sun in soil that is well-drained, and
slightly acidic. Since it is native to the Mediterranean
region it likes soil moisture slightly on the dry side.
Like with most plants soil preparation improves your
success. Add three to four inches of organic matter,
like fine composted pine bark or humus with 1 pound of
slow release 5-10-10 fertilizer, per 100 square feet 100
square feet of planting area.
the soil to a depth of 8 to 10 inches and plant them at
the same depth they are growing in their container.
Rosemary is often sold in larger 1 and 2 gallon plants
which will give them some added cold protection if you
are concerned. They are normally reliably hardy in zones
8-10 and I have had good luck in zone 7. In colder parts
of zone 7 and if you are a Zone 6 gambler then plant in
a protected location or in containers that you can move
tough in the summer heat it will need water until it
gets established. They are not heavy feeders and most
recommend feeding sparingly if at all. They make a great
informal hedge and can be pruned after blooming to
maintain desired size and shape. Christmas tree shaped
rosemary topiaries have become very popular showing up
at garden centers in November.
the herb garden, group rosemary with plants that like it
dry, like artemisia, oregano, and santolina. In the
landscape it can reach 4 to 6 feet tall and therefore is
a perfect partner with a wide variety of plants. While
we used pansies as companions during the cool season,
drought tolerant flowers like All Around Purple
gomphrena, New Gold lantana and Bombay Blue scaevola are
some of my summer favorites.
is exceptional in floral arrangements and tying in bows
or bundles for with salvias like the Mexican bush sage
and a couple of fresh cinnamon sticks will make the
kitchen become an aroma therapy retreat. Believe it or
not there are named selections of rosemary. Arp, Hardy
Hill and Salem are known to exhibit a little extra
cold-hardiness. If you want a picturesque variety for
tumbling down a rock wall or ornate tub, look for Irene.
comes from Latin meaning "dew of the sea" and
is truly one of the best members of the mint family to
include in the garden. It is also a culinary delight to
use in the kitchen. Make sure you plant two or three