Rosemary is probably my favorite herb. It’s such a beautiful and fragrant plant. It can grow to be a significant sized bush. I have also seen where people train it to grow into topiary shapes. It looks gorgeous and I intend to try that one day. My Rosemary is grown in pots in my greenhouse. I prefer clay pots for this herb. I have no specific explanation why but my Rosemary has thrived when I’ve had it in clay pots as opposed to plastic. I’m going to guess that it helps with drainage.
It is common for it to grow three feet high. It prefers very well-drained soil and full sun. It will tolerate partial sun but it does better in full sun. I initially had a problem with soil when I first started growing Rosemary. It was not draining well enough and I lost a couple of plants. It’s very prone to root rot and doesn’t like humidity. Now I fill the pot with a mixture of 2/3 Miracle-Gro potting soil with fertilizer and 1/3 sand. I haven’t had any problems since.
I take small cuttings to use for cooking throughout the summer. In the fall, I take larger cuttings to dry. I gather the cuttings, tie them at one end with twine and hang them to dry. Once it has dried, I separate the leaves from the stems and store the leaves in glass jars. I use them for cooking and aromatherapy.
Rosemary is a common kitchen herb because of its flavor. Personally, I love to cook with it. You can use it fresh or dried. Remove the leaves from the stem for cooking purposes. Rosemary and Thyme really complement each other and I combine them often when cooking. Especially with baked chicken.
In my opinion, this is a great addition to any herb garden.