ROSEMARY: A favorite for the kitchen garden has a multitude of ornamental uses too.

With Rosemary comes fine textured, rich, green foliage and profusion of tiny blue flowers during spring and summer. It thrives in well-drained, even rocky, soil making it the perfect plant for some locations that may prove difficult for others. With dozens of varieties and growth habits – trailing, clumping and upright – it is not hard to find a spot for Rosemary in any garden.

I have always considered Rosemary to be long-lived ornamental plant (as well as an herb) in the Pacific Northwest.

Trailing Rosemary 'Iren' cascading over a rockery along my driveway.

Now I categorize Rosemary as annual (a plant that it is not hardy and that one replants each year). That said, typically, Rosemary is highly likely to over-winter most years. Certain varieties, like the trailing ones, seem to be the least hardy. A couple years ago I lost of all of mine, along with the mature growth, during an early cold snap. This year my plants survived and thrived. And they may for many years to come depending on the weather. I think it is a safe bet and worth playing the odds!

Rosemary is easy! Pruning or clipping may be desirable for some applications, but care is negligible. Fertilizer is not required. Rosemary does best in full sun and will tolerate part- sun. Once established, most all varieties are drought tolerant. Rosemary is not fussy, but poor drainage, shade and over fertilization are problematic. The more sun and neglect the better! How often can one say that?

During a design consultation, I often work with my clients to select the best plant for any location in their garden. It is always my goal to find the perfect plan for the perfect place.

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