Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is an evergreen shrub that belongs not only in herb gardens but also in shrub borders and perennial beds. Get facts and information on growing rosemary varieties and using them in your landscape.
Rosemary Facts and Information
Rosemary belongs to the Mint Family (Lamiaceae). Its gray-green, linear leaves are fragrant year round. You can buy upright or prostrate cultivars of this deer-resistant plant. White, pink, and light or dark purplish-blue flowers cluster in the leaf axils from fall to spring. harvest branch tips for crafts and cooking whenever you like.
Landscape Uses of Rosemary:
Use rosemary in herb gardens, shrub and perennial borders, xeriscape and Mediterranean style gardens. It also makes an excellent container plantings.
USDA Hardiness Zones for Rosemary:
Rosemary is grown in Zones (7) 8-10.
Light: Rosemary prefers Full sun.
Soil for Rosemary Plants:
Neutal to alkaline, light gravelly soil with low to average moisture and sharp drainage. Established plants have good drought tolerance.
Plant Care for Rosemary:
If you prefer a more formal look, you can prune rosemary into a short hedge or cut back individual stems to keep plants from straggling. Leave 2-3’ between grouped plants. Or, train into a ball-shaped topiary standard. In the north, grow in containers and overwinter indoors. May get root rot in wet, poorly drained conditions, or powdery mildew in humid conditions.
Rosemary Varieties for the Landscape:
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Arp’, the hardiest cultivar. Grows 2’-5’ h and w. in Zone 7.
Rosimarinus officinalis ‘Lockwood de Forest’ is a creeping form with dense leaves, profuse light blue flowers, excellent trailing groundcover for rocks, walls, and steep slopes; grows erect. 2’ h x 6-8’ w.
Rosimarinus officinalis ‘Majorca Pink’ has lavender-pink blooms; grows erect. 3-4’ h x 2’ w.
Rosimarinus officinalis ‘Tuscan Blue’ has broader leaves, big lavender-blue flowers, and a stiff, upright habit good for hedging. 4-6’ h x 4-5’ w.
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