- Rosemary is a perennial evergreen shrub with blue flowers. It is an aromatic and distinctive herb with a sweet, resinous flavor. Here’s how to grow your own rosemary plants!
- Rosemary is ideal for a rock garden or the top of a dry stone wall. In warm areas with fair humidity, rosemary can grow into a shrub several feet in height. In fact, rosemary grows so vigorously in ideal conditions that it can become a bit of a burden, if not managed properly!
- This herb can be grown outdoors as a perennial shrub in Zones 7 and warmer. In colder areas, it should be kept in a pot and brought indoors for the winter.
- For a head start, plant the seeds or cuttings indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last spring frost. (See your local frost dates.) Seeds can take a long time to germinate, so don’t give up right away!
CHOOSING AND PREPARING A PLANTING SITE
- Plant in full sun.
- The planting site should have well-draining soil. Rosemary won’t tolerate being consistently wet.
- Be sure to give your plants enough room to grow. Rosemary can grow to about 4 feet tall and spreads about 4 feet as well.
- In the garden, plant near beans, cabbage, carrots, and sage. Learn more about companion planting with herbs.
HOW TO PLANT ROSEMARY
- Plant the seeds/cuttings in well-drained soil. For best growth, the soil should be around 70ºF (21°C).
CARE: HOW TO GROW ROSEMARY
- Water the plants evenly throughout the growing season, but be careful not to overwater.
- Prune regularly so that the plant won’t get lanky. For fresh rosemary in the winter, grow the plant indoors in a pot.
- Be sure to put it in bright light and protect it from cold drafts.
- After the rosemary flowers, remember to trim the plant.
- Be sure to get cuttings or divide the plant for next season if it won’t survive winter in your area.