Rosemary is a hardy perennial that has the potential to grow over a metre tall and wide, and therefore is less well suited to growing in small pots. Its highly aromatic needle like leaves are strongly flavoured, and are great to complement other strong flavours in soup, stuffing, and casseroles. It is also possible to make rosemary tea by steeping the leaves in boiling water. The plant is tolerant of dry conditions and enjoys a position in full sun, and produces small and pretty blue purple flowers that are loved by bees.
Rosemary can be grown from seed in the spring, and plants are widely available to buy from garden centres. I like to prune away old wood to give more room to younger stems.
Planting: March-May (from seed)
Harvesting: All year round
Planning what to grow? See the allotment planner and record keeper.