I was talking with another gardener last week, when she told me she never plants rosemary in her garden because it’s so common. Huh?
Of course everyone has their own opinion of what they like and don’t like, but not planting something just because it’s common? Oh well – we all march to our own beat.
I happen to loooove rosemary in the garden and incorporate it into as many designs as I can. Whether it’s the upright ‘Tuscan Blue’, mid-size ‘Ken Taylor’ or the creeping groundcover ‘Prostratus’ (and everything in between) I can’t get enough of this plant.
And because it grows so well in our mild climate, there’s always enough on hand to grab a generous amount to cook with. My personal favorites are the upright forms of ‘Tuscan Blue’ and the aptly named ‘Barbeque’ as their stems are sturdy and straight, making ideal sticks for flavorful shish kabobs.
However, the main reason I love rosemary plants so much is for their abundance of early spring flowers, signaling the end of winter. Dark blue, light blue and even white – seeing these evergreen shrubs covered in masses of tiny, fragrant flowers is site to behold.
While visiting Sunset Magazine’s headquarters a few weeks ago, I couldn’t stop photographing their rosemary hedge in full bloom. Kept at a manageable 5-foot height, it’s the perfect low maintenance, drought tolerant and gorgeous background for this courtyard.
One of my favorite clients has an abundance of rosemary in her garden – both the upright and creeping forms. In early spring it’s truly a sight to behold.
I especially love the combination of upright and prostate forms that drape gently over the wall.
Years ago I couldn’t resist the light blue flowers of a rosemary topiary.
Now towering over 6-feet tall, this is one of my favorite early spring bloomers that never fail to bring hummingbirds to my garden.
Banning rosemary from the garden just because it’s common? No way!
I’m curious – what are your favorites?