• Plant Type: Perennial, zones 8 to 10
  • Sun: Full Sun
  • Plant Size: 12-36 inches tall and wide
  • Culinary Use: Fresh or dried needles for Italian and Mediterranean dishes
A must-have for any herb garden, rosemary offers irresistible fragrance and flavor from garden to kitchen. The upright, evergreen shrub is a knockout in the landscape. Gardeners in colder climates can plant rosemary in a pot and bring it indoors for winter.

Plant spacing: 2 to 3 feet apart. In perennial gardens, place 3 to 4 feet apart.

Secrets to Success »

In spring, summer, or fall, plant in well-drained soil. The Mediterranean native is drought-tolerant, so avoid overwatering rosemary. Allow soil to dry out before watering. North of zone 8, grow rosemary in pots and bring indoors for winter.

Harvest and Use »

Snips rosemary sprigs often. Strip the needles from the stem and chop them to release their distinctive flavor and aroma. Rosemary’s strong flavor enhances everything from marinades to stews to homemade bread.

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  • Lavender, which thrives in same conditions as rosemary.
  • Winter squash, including Butternut, and sweet potato.
  • Roma tomatoes for pasta sauce recipes including rosemary.
  • Other hardy herbs: sage, thyme, parsley, oregano.

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Young rosemary in a plant bed


Rosemary in pot


Harvesting rosemary stems


Rosemary garnish

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