Rosemary, beautiful in the garden, useful in the kitchen

Rosemary is both a beautiful shrub and a formidable herb plant.

Rapid overview of Rosemary facts

Name – Rosmarinus officinalis
Family – Lamiaceae
Type – shrub, spice herb

Height
– 3 to 5 feet (1 to 1.5 m)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – ordinary but not too heavy

Foliage
– evergreen
Harvest – January to December

Care and pruning are small actions that will increase the proper development of the shrub.

Planting rosemary

Planting rosemary in spring or in fall is best, preferably in light and well-draining soil.

Rosemary is a Mediterranean plant that adapts well to most climates and situations (with the exception of high-altitude mountain ranges), and which is more vulnerable to excess moisture or lack of sun than it is to the cold itself.

  • Rosemary loves sun, even those very hot sweltering spots of the garden in summer.
  • If possible, protect it from strong winds, especially if near the sea.
  • Rosemary hates soil moisture and can’t survive stagnating water.
  • It likes well drained soil, even if poor or chalky.

Propagating rosemary

Sowing is rather lengthy and the best propagation technique is cuttings or layering.

  • Propagate rosemary in spring:

For the sowing, you must sow directly in place in spring, but it is sometimes quicker and easier for the amateur gardener to plant young shoots purchased in stores.

Care and trimming of rosemary

Rosemary is a very easy shrub to grow that requires almost no care at all. Try to weed around the foot of the rosemary bush, to avoid unsightly weeds.

In the coldest regions, cover its foot with a thick layer of dried leaves to protect it against the cold.

Watering rosemary

Water regularly the first year after planting if the weather is hot and it isn’t raining.

Once the first year has passed, this shrub can take any drought in stride.

Harvesting rosemary

You can cut stems off whenever you need some all year round.

It is preferable to cut from recent growth to stimulate new shoots and make the rosemary branch out.

Pruning rosemary

Remove dead branches at the beginning of spring.

Don’t prune on dead wood, because rosemary won’t grow back on these older parts.

Learn more about growing rosemary

romarinNative to the Mediterranean area where it grows in the wild, rosemary is very fragrant and is particularly well suited to seasoning grilled meat and fish.

It is a very hardy cultivated shrub that resists very well to temperatures below freezing and diseases, too.

As its scientific name mentions, “officinalis”, rosemary has medicinal properties that favor digestion and stimulate the body.

It is often used to prepare bouquet garni.

The ingredients used to prepare bouquet garni

Since rosemary is part of these, it won’t be difficult for you to create your own bouquet garni yourself if you plant these few herbs.

Apart from rosemary, the most common bouquet garni components are:

Smart tip about rosemary

No need to water, rosemary will do just fine in poor, dry soil.

It will do very well with its companion plant thyme.