Rosemary (Blue) Plants
HERB-ROSEM-1-5Regular price $9.50
Rosemary is an essential kitchen garden herb for Mediterranean cuisine lovers, and they look fabulous too. Upright varieties are great for elegant topiary or hedging, while creeping Rosemary is a great way to hide the weeds! Both varieties are good additions in coastal gardens.
Urban Bounty Rosemary are sold as established plants in a 1.5 litre pot. We sell two blue-flowering Rosemary varieties:
- Chef's Choice
- A creeping variety that is perfect for trailing over walls. It grows to roughly 50cm and 40cm wide.
- Tuscan Blue
- An upright variety with deep blue - violet flowers. It grows up to 2m high and 0.5m wide.
What is Rosemary?
Rosemary is an aromatic Mediterranean herb with loads of flavour. In medieval times it was used at weddings to symbolise fidelity, and at funerals for remembrance.
The gorgeous purple-blue flowers of the Tuscan Blue look stunning in a hedge or topiary, or in a pot. With its high oil content and slightly spicy flavour, the Chef's Choice is ideal for cooking and is a great ground cover in hot, dry locations.
Culinary Uses for Rosemary
Rosemary goes perfectly with roast potatoes and lamb, or grilled peaches with honey. It adds delicious depth of flavour to vegetarian quiche too!
Growing Conditions - Rosemary
This easy-care herb is ideal for new gardeners as it is a drought and wind tolerant plant that needs little attention. Once established, it will thrive with the occasional deep watering. Rosemary's only real requirements are well drained (slightly acidic) soil and sun.
Plant Rosemary in spring or autumn, but be prepared to prune it each year so it doesn't get too woody. Rosemary can be planted all year round in the upper North Island, but doesn't cope well with harsh frost and wet conditions. Rosemary shouldn't be planted near Tomatoes, but Beans, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Chillies and Sage make good companion plants.