Rosemary is a Valuable Landscape Plant

02 Jun

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. 

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation


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4 responses to “Rosemary is a Valuable Landscape Plant

  1. ruthie faith

    July 26, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    the house we moved into have a lot of rose bushes with rosemary growing in-between them. Is there any reason why they planted rosemary by roses. I heard it kept some bugs off them. any trueth to that? thanks Ruthie

    • Diana Gardner-Williams

      July 26, 2010 at 7:29 pm

      Hi Ruthie,
      It is true that bugs do not like Rosemary, Lavender or any of the other stinky plants. If plant material is crowded with little air circulation the plant may be under stress and more suseptible to disease problems.
      I say, get rid of the Rosemary and plant in another sunny spot with great drainage
      Happy Planting!

  2. Deonna Cox

    March 13, 2011 at 3:10 am

    hello Diana,
    I am planning on putting rosemary in a raised bed with lots of sun. I had cucumber there last year and it burn up. what type rosemary do you suggest? i like the ones in the outdoor pots.
    Knoxville, TN


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