You don't need an herb garden to grow rosemary. A single plant in a pot will provide you with enough rosemary to flavor your cooking and scent the kitchen. However, if you live in an area where rosemary thrives, you could have entire hedges of the plant. Rosemary is one of those wonderful herbs that makes a beautiful ornamental plant as well as a versatile culinary seasoning. Its Latin name, Rosmarinus officinalis , means "dew of the sea," and rosemary is most closely associated with the cooking of the Mediterranean region. The three fundamentals for successfully growing rosemary are sun, good drainage, and good air circulation. If you live in a frost-free area you can grow rosemary in the ground year-round, where it will grow into a lush, bushy shrub.
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Rejuvenating Rosemary Plants
Free 7 day trial — no credit card required. Rosemary is a perennial evergreen shrub with blue flowers. Rosemary is ideal for a rock garden or the top of a dry stone wall.
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Rosmarinus officinalis should be a simple plant to explain. From late winter through spring, the plant displays blue flowers. There are two basic types: upright forms useful as shrubs, and prostrate types that will spill down slopes and cascade over walls. So far, so good. Care is also straightforward. Once rosemary is established, occasional deep watering is almost all it needs.
Given the right conditions, rosemary plants thrive, eventually reaching heights of 6 to 8 feet. They grow out as well as up, sending out stems that seem determined to explore their surroundings and invade the space of adjacent plants. Rejuvenation pruning of rosemary may be needed. A mature rosemary plant, however, tolerates this drastic pruning, even into the woody parts of the stem. When pruned in winter, the plant grows back in spring looking better than ever. Read on to find out how to rejuvenate a rosemary shrub. Note : For most people who grow rosemary, the plant will go through a cold period.