The name Rosemary is based on Latin words meaning “dew of the sea” and the plant is native to the rocky Mediterranean region. It has small, light-blue flowers and narrow, pine-needle-like evergreen leaves that have a strong, sweet, piney scent that adds a distinctive flavor to foods. Rosemary is a wonderful perennial for permanent landscaping in areas where winters are mild, making fine ground covers or handsome hedges. It does best in full sun with well-drained soil. Growth can be controlled by frequent pinching.
I have planted both 'Arp' and 'Tuscan Blue' in our garden and have been delighted with the results. Both varieties have weathered three winters (Zone 7) with a prevailing winter wind relentlessly blowing, and each spring have brought the promise of renewed vigor. These upright, rigid growers, with their intensely fragrant branches, have been the backbone of many summer flower arrangements. They out-last their flower-cousins and their distinctive scent is an added bonus. In addition to use in arranging, rosemary is a must in any kitchen. Roast lamb is incomplete without rosemary!