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May 29, 2012, 3:09 pm Better Homes and Gardens, betterhomesgardens
If you're planning on growing your own herb garden, rosemary is a must for this project and Grahame shows you how easy it is to do.
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Rosemary is a truly amazing herb that’s a feast for the senses. Not only does it offer year-round garden splendour, but it’s also delightfully fragrant and super flavoursome – just think of how well it complements lamb and roast potatoes! Certain varieties also provide great flower colour, when they bloom in late spring or summer. These florals range from dark to pale blue, through to pink and crisp white. Rosemary can also be used as an evergreen hedge, trimmed into a standard or kept as a long-life shrub – it even thrives in pots. Follow this guide and discover how you can plant up this all-rounder in your garden.Graham shows you how to plant and grow perfect rosemary
1. Whether spilling over the side of your wall or clipped into a standard, rosemary is perfectly suited to a formal garden design.2. It’s no surprise that rosemary is a favourite among gardeners. This popular shrub is a wonderful addition to your edible garden, being both attractive and versatile.
3. To cover a sun-drenched wall, consider planting a prostrate form of this herb such as Rosmarinus ‘Irene’. It spreads quickly and will cascade neatly over a surface.
4. To create this cute mini double hedge in your garden, grow rosemary behind a row of lettuces and trim or pick to keep it compact.
5. What a lovely display! Depending on the variety you choose, you can expect an abundance of blooms in spring or summer.
6. Plant under your kitchen window for an easy-reach herb patch – It’s handy if you ever need a last-minute sprig for cooking. Or, simply open your window and enjoy the sweet scent.
- Maintenance Remove any dead stems and straggly shoots in spring. Lightly trim your rosemary after flowering to encourage bushy growth – keep the cuttings and use them in the kitchen or place them around your home for a natural perfume.
This perennial evergreen shrub comes in different colours and forms. And, no matter which you choose, you’re guaranteed to be treated to pretty, aromatic foliage. Check out these varieties.Rosmarinus ‘Mozart’
1. Exceptionally rich, dark blue flowers smother the branches of this variety from spring onwards. Growing to only 1m high, it’s perfect in garden beds for a rich splash of colour or plant en masse for a striking display.Rosmarinus ‘Prostratus’
2. As the name suggests, this variety has a prostrate habit, so it’s perfect for gardens with limited space. It looks wonderful as a groundcover or spilling over walls where you can brush past the foliage and enjoy its fragrance. Use the pine-like leaves to add flavour to soups and potatoes.Rosmarinus ‘Irene’
feed with a slow-release fertiliser.Rosmarinus officinalis
about 1.5m and looks stunning planted in large containers, along borders or as an informal hedge.Rosmarinus ‘Majorca pink’
5. The pretty mauve-pink blooms of this variety flower prolifically in spring and look beautiful against the handsome dark green foliage. Growing to 1.2m, this plant is best suited to a garden bed.Like' us on Facebook