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Rosemary 'Mrs. Reed's Coat'

  • Scientific Name: Rosmarinus officinalis 'Mrs. Reed's Coat'
  • Garden: Edibles and Herbs Garden
  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen
  • Sun/Shade Exposure: Full Sun
  • Moisture Requirements: Moist, Well-Drained

Plant Information

In the garden, rosemary is a fantastic, evergreen shrub for a hot, sunny spot. After a year of regular water, rosemary is extremely drought tolerant, and low maintenance. Upright varieties grow between 4-7’ tall and wide and are ideal for an aromatic hedge. Typically, rosemary has blue flowers that are quite showy and attract honeybees and butterflies. Most varieties bloom in the spring, but some such as ‘Prostrata’ bloom throughout the growing season. There are a few white and pink flowering varieties now available, as well as golden forms like ‘Golden Rain’. Trailing rosemary is a great evergreen for spilling over walls, containers, and hanging baskets. ‘Irene’ and ‘Huntington Carpet’ are some of the lowest growing varieties. Rosemary is reliably hardy in zones 8-10. Some varieties such as ‘Arp’ and ‘Hill Hardy’ are rated to zone 7. In areas below zone 7, grow rosemary in a container and pull into a well-lit protected area for the winter. You can also grow rosemary indoors in an unobstructed south facing window or under a grow light. Repot your indoor rosemary once a year in spring. Culture: Full sun in well-draining soil with poor to moderate fertility. Drought tolerant after a year of watering to establish plant. Most varieties grow in zones 8-10. Deer resistant! Maintenance: Prune heavily after flowering to keep a full shrubby plant. Propagation: Best by cuttings spring through summer and early fall. Pests and Diseases: Root rot if planted too deep or in poorly draining soil. Prone to mildew if in too much shade or crowded. On rare occasions, aphids and caterpillars can be an issue.

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Rosemary Portland Nursery (Portland Nursery), ROOF Leaf PB (©2020 Patricia Babbitt)