A native of the Mediterranean region and member of the mint family, rosemary is a lovely, easy-to-grow plant with great culinary and ornamental value. A striking, upright evergreen shrub that is winter-hardy in zones 8 to 10, it fills the air with its fragrance as soon as you brush your hand across the leaves. The key to growing rosemary is a well-drained soil that stays evenly moist at first; as the plant takes root it becomes increasingly drought tolerant. It is also excellent for containers, which lets gardeners in colder climates to bring it indoors in the winter. Unlike most herbs, rosemary has a stronger flavor when fresh than when dried. Cut sprigs anytime for fresh use. Trim it regularly to encourage tender new stems or the plant will get woody.
- Light: Full sun
- Spacing: 24 to 36 inches
- Plant size: 24 to 36 inches tall
- Garden use: Herb garden, flower border, containers, low clipped hedge
- Culinary use: Italian and Mediterranean dishes, vinegar and oils, breads
* Photos and description courtesy of Bonnie Plants.