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Rosmarinus officinalis

Vigorous upright variety

Rosemary is a must have for keen cooks, an evergreen shrub with highly aromatic silvery green leaves which give off a powerful scent especially when planted in full sun where this Mediterranean plant is happiest. Silvery blue flowers stud the stems in May and sporadically through the summer. It looks good and is useful, so perfect if you've limited space.

Where?

Happiest in full sun, sheltered from cold winds. A good choice for seaside gardens and perfect for a large container.

How?

Easy to grow in a well-drained soil but add some coarse grit to the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Harvest the young leaves as required. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

Add the leaves to soups, stews, sauces, stuffing and salads. Particularly good with chicken, lamb and vegetable dishes. May also be used to flavour oils and bread.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - July
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 80 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 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 Wildlife garden, Mediterranean garden, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - December

Typically available

From February to September