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Rosemary Barbecue


Rosmarinus officinalis Barbecue

Upright form particularly good for cooking

The perfect plant for DIY skewers to add a twist to your summer barbeques. The upright stems on this chunky plant can be stripped of leaves (these can be used in marinades) and used to skewer meat or vegetables. The flavour from the stems will seep into your cooking so why not grow one near your barbeque area for instant access?


Grow in a container or in the middle of a border in full sun and well drained soil. Drought tolerant and a good choice for seaside gardens.


Choose a sunny site sheltered from cold winter winds. Prune lightly after flowering to encourage new growth the following year.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - July
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 85 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 45 cm - 60 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 60 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Medium, Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Rock garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds, Gravel garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - December

Typically available

From March to September