Rosemary likes dry to average, well-drained soil. Space plants 36-48” apart. Plant height is 36-48”. It prefers a sheltered position such as on the south or southwest side of a wall or foundation. It tolerates part shade, but the flavor of the plant may be weakened if it doesn’t get enough sun. Easy to grow, it does not require extra watering.
In the summer, fertilize potted plants after the flowers have appeared. Keep trimmed for a more lush appearance. Prune the plants after flowering. As with all varieties of Rosemary, it performs very well in pots and may be brought indoors for winter use. Drought tolerant.
Rosemary, Tuscan blue rosmarinus officinalis ‘Tuscan Blue’
Tuscan Blue rosemary is a tall and stately perennial variety that will reach up to 48 inches tall. It has broad, fragrant leaves which are great for potpourri and sachets.
Tuscan Blue has a lemony tang that goes along with its pine flavor and scent. It is not as harsh a taste as most other varieties and partners well with chicken, lamb, and fish. Try it in rice and tomato dishes, or chopped in herb butters.
Rosemary may be used dry or fresh. For fresh use, pick early in the morning for the highest oil content. Leaves, tips and flowers can all be used. Chop finely or tie stems together and remove before serving to infuse flavor.
For longer term storage, cut whole stems and tie bunches together in small batches. Hang in a dry location out of the sun that will receive plenty of air. Rosemary leaves may also be dried on screens in a dry, shady location. Simply strip the leaves from the stems and scatter on drying screens. Stir occasionally to help even drying. Do not use heat to dry rosemary as the oils can be volatile. Store in air-tight containers in a dry, dark location.
Rosemary may also be frozen using the ice cube method in water or olive oil.