Growing Rosemary Plants
Another very useful herb plant, Rosemary plants are hardy to USDA zone 8, although they can be overwintered outdoors in zones 6 - 7 woth some care.
Grown for the aromatic leaves, rosemary is used in a number of cuisines as well as for the extraction of essential oils.
This is a plant from Mediterranean areas and it has a log history with uses including medicinal, cosmetics, as an ingredient for popourii and of course as the 'go to' herb to accompany Lamb, Garlic and Tomatoes. It does have a strong pungent flavour, so for most home gardens one or two plants will do.
Rosemary is also used in landscaping, it lends itself to being clipped to form a low hedge.
A number of rosemary varieties are avaialble, all with different growth habits.
- Rosemary officinalis - This is the variety most commonly used for culinary purposes.
- Rosemary officinalis 'Tuscan Blue' - More upright and taller growing.
- And around 45 other varieties.
Rosemary plants are readily available to buy from nurseries, garden centres and mail order suppliers.
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