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ROSEMARY (Rosemarinus officinalis)

Last Christmas I received two beautiful Rosemary topiaries in the shape of Christmas trees. I planted them in clay pots and placed them by my front door where there is plenty of sunshine. Their leaves are so aromatic that my guests feel welcome before I can even open the door. I picked up a few tips from The Southern Living Garden Book on growing Rosemary so that I can enjoy my topiaries through out the year.

  • Plant in full sun
  • Lighten heavy soil with plenty of organic matter
  • Provide good drainage
  • Little to moderate watering as too much water results in poor growth and woodiness.
  • Pinch the tips to control growth when plants are small.
  • Prune older plants frequently but lightly.
  • Feed just a little and not very often.

Most of all enjoy using your Rosemary leaves as a seasoning or garnish. Even the flowers are edible.

Jean Hudgins, Smith County Master Gardener
Texas AgriLife Extension Service


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