By MEREDITH KIRTON
Rosemary is a much loved herb and used to flavour many dishes, but especially Mediterranean ones from where the plant is a native. It is an evergreen, oil-rich plant that normally grows as a bush about 1 x 1 m (3 x 3 ft), making it perfect for hedging, but it can also be more sprawling, in the case of ‘Blue Lagoon’, or completely ground-hugging, like prostrate rosemary. The spring flowers are normally sea blue, but there are also white, pink and dark and pale blue-flowered forms.
For best results, plant rosemary in a sunny position in freely draining soil, and if yours is acid, then add some lime or dolomite. Rosemary also does well in pots. Feed lightly after flowering, and trim back all over. This usually coincides with Remembrance Day in the southern hemisphere (11 November) and encourages plants to stay bushy.
Rosemary is easily dried but can be picked fresh all year round.
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