Rosemary Plants Offer Many Benefits

| 4/8/2015 10:19:00 AM

Tags: Micki Brown, California, rosemary, drought tolerant, herbs,

Rosemary And Shed

My husband and I moved into our current residence about 11 years ago, and with the slightly less than a half-acre property came a blank slate in which to add landscaping, a veggie garden and whatever else we wanted to do within the confines of our city’s municipal code. About a year or so after we moved in we had a 120 square-foot shed built (the largest we could have without a building permit) to store and protect our assortment of gardening equipment and other yard essentials. What the area needed from an aesthetics point of view was some kind of plants around the exterior and base of the shed – some shrubs that did not need a lot of maintenance or water, could handle the sandy, alkaline desert soil, and was fairly fast growing. What I ended up choosing were five Tuscan Blue Rosemary plants.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), a member of the mint family, is a native plant of the Mediterranean region and comes in both upright and prostrate forms making it great as a shrub or groundcover depending on what is needed. Tuscan Blue is a variety of the upright form. Rosemary is evergreen, quite fragrant, has needle-like leaves, and clusters of small flowers in pink, blue, white, or purple depending on the variety or cultivar (guess what? Tuscan Blue has blue flowers).

As it turns out, Rosemary is not only aesthetically pleasing and low maintenance, it also offers a number of other desirable qualities – here are a few of them:

Low-Water Use / Drought Tolerant

I only water the Rosemary via a drip irrigation system with 4-gph emitters, which runs about once per week for about an hour and a half. This is especially good with the current California drought and recent state-wide water restrictions.

Desert Soil Tolerant

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