Rosemary is a great plant for xeriscaping or drought tolerate gardens. This perennial is native in the Mediterranean region, meaning, it loves dry and arid climatic conditions.
Rosemary is an evergreen herb with the potential of reaching a height and spread of 4′, typically 3 feet. It loves full sun and bears beautiful violet/purple flowers down its stems in early summer. This plant is a great addition to herb gardens, cottage style gardens or anyone wanting a wonderful fragrant shrub alongside a sunny walking path.
The long stems add unique texture to flower bouquets providing fragrance of its own. The stems can also be used as skewers. Simply cut a few stems 10 inches long and skewer 2 inch cubes of pork tenderloin cubes through them. I would marinate the cubes in olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper beforehand for a more intense flavor.
Rosemary grows extremely fast here in Greensboro, NC and can provide a quick hedge or low screening plant affordably. “Irene” is another variety of rosemary that is prostrate, making it a good choice to cascade over stone or brick walls in full sun.
Rosemary is the perfect choice for outdoor pots too. Below are only 2 rosemary plants, one per pot. They just love hot, dry locations.
Rosemary is such a versitile plant in the landscape and troublefree.
More good factors about using Rosemary in your landscape plans is the fact of being resistant to deer. Because the foliage is oily and quite sticky, deer tend to stay clear of this lovely plant.
Gather some Rosemary needles and place in a decorative sachets to give away as favors at your next garden party.
Diana Gardner-Williams www.dianadigsdirt.com
Landscape Design and Installation