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Grow Your Own Rosemary

Grow Your Own Rosemary

Rosemary, the resilient herbaceous shrub hailing from the Mediterranean, is more than just a mere plant – it's a versatile companion with a history as rich as its fragrance. Since ancient times, this herb has played many roles, from fending off plagues and pests to doubling as a fragrant odour-buster and a medicinal marvel due to its powerful scent and antiseptic properties.


In the modern era, the uses of rosemary have evolved into a diverse spectrum, embracing everything from cosmetic applications to ornamental enhancements, medicinal remedies, and culinary delights. It's the Swiss Army knife of the garden, and no green space is complete without a touch of rosemary. Even if you're dwelling in the confines of an apartment, fear not! A sunny windowsill is all you need to cultivate a potted rosemary, transforming your living space into a fragrant and culinary haven. Its popularity in the kitchen is no surprise – this herb is not just loved but adored for its ability to elevate dishes with its distinctive flavour. So, embrace the charm of rosemary, and let this evergreen sensation become the heartthrob of your garden and kitchen alike.

There’s Something About Rosemary 

Now, let's dive into the nomenclature of this delightful herb. Formerly known as Rosmarinus officinalis until the name changed in 2017, Salvia rosmarinus has continued to captivate gardeners with its versatility. Whether you're into raised garden beds, containers, or traditional in-ground gardens, this herb is your trusty sidekick, ready to add a dash of green elegance to your homely haven.

The flowers of rosemary, petite and charming, come in a spectrum of colours – from blue and white to pink and mauve. Picture them as the garden's own pretty palette, offering a visual treat that begins in early summer and persists through the late autumn months.

Choosing the ideal rosemary variety for your specific space is similar to curating an ensemble for a fashion show. You've got the tall and upright category featuring Tuscan Blue, Miss Jessop's Upright, Genge's Gold, and Portuguese Pink. Then there's the low and spreading crew, including Blue Lagoon, Collingwood Ingram, Lockwood de Forest, Rosea, Wendy's White, and Benenden Blue. 

Enjoying an endless supply of rosemary lies in knowing how to cultivate and care for these fragrant evergreen wonders. Whether you opt for seeds, plants, or cuttings, the process remains a rewarding venture. For optimal growth, provide a sunny spot in your herb or ornamental garden, ensuring well-draining soil enriched with compost. If nursery-bought plants are your preference, plant them at least 30cm apart for ample breathing room. If you decide to plant from seed, you will be able to harvest sprigs between 100 - 180 days. Sow your seeds 3mm deep and when they grow to 5cm high, you can start thinning them out and place them 45cm apart. 

Watering is a crucial act of nurturing – a thorough soaking until established and regular hydration during prolonged dry spells keeps your rosemary content. Treat your herbal companion to a monthly feast of Pokon Organic Biofood or a similar nutrient boost and don’t forget to prune. Pruning is an art form for rosemary, with a pre-spring trim and a midsummer shaping ensuring a lush, aromatic presence in your garden. 

Even more delightful, rosemary (meaning dew of the sea) is beloved by birds, bees and butterflies. The late mother of herbalism, Juliette de Bairacli Levy, used rosemary in every garden she ever planted and so should you. 

Happy planting! 

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