Herb gardening with rosemary plants is a delight - a fragrant aromatic herb with wonderful qualities that add much to the garden.
Tuscan Blue has exceptionally rich dark blue flowers that smother the branches all summer long. Historically known as a sign of friendship, loyalty, good luck and remembrance, Rosemary is a fragrant herb and this upward growing version makes a great addition to your home or garden.
This aromatic herb is a very fast growing rosemaryplant, up to 4 ft tall, whose leaves have an abundance of oils that are especially fragrant and flavorful. These plants have a strong pine scent and produce masses of flavorful foliage you can use in a variety of recipes. Its flavor is strengthened by the amount of light it gets, so planting this variety in a partially shady spot will produce a milder tasting result.
Also prized for its ornamental qualities, the Tuscan Blue grows upright and erect, unlike its ground covering cousin, the Prostrate Rosemary. Try the stems in fresh summer bouquets. This herb is a Zone 8 so protect in cold winters or bring indoors and plant in a great looking pot and container and enjoy this delicious culinary herb all winter long. It likes full sun and well-drained soil.
Characteristics: 'Tuscan Blue' is a fast-growing rosemary with especially fragrant and flavorful leaves. Produces masses of foliage used in a variety of recipes.
Light: Rosemary loves tons and tons of sunshine.
Water: Rosemary can withstand some drought. Water when soil is dry to the touch, but never over-water. Rosemary does not like soggy over-watered environments.
Soil: If planted in the ground, make sure your soil is well-draining. I usually dig a deep hole, fill a bit with rocks or gravel, then plant rosemary on top to ensure adequate drainage. If you are container planting, be sure to choose a pot with drainage holes on the bottom. Clay pots are even better, to keep that soil dry.
Use: Rosemary is a wonderful culinary herb, popularly flavoring lamb, venison, poultry, and potato dishes.
Extras: Every year around Christmastime, I think to myself "what makes poinsettias so Christmasy?" I choose to decorate my house during the holidays with big established rosemary pots. What better way to get in the mood for the warm culinary delights of holiday meals?
Rosemary can be used as a natural face toner, boosting your mind and complexion! Make sure to use whole oats in this recipe:
Rosemary Oatmeal Mask
1/2 Cup Distilled water 1 TLB Fresh Rosemary leaves 2 TLB Whole Grain Oatmeal
Mix all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Put in a heat resistant container, and heat gently until just boiling. Take off heat, and allow to cool and thicken (if too thick, simply add a bit of water). Spread mixture on clean skin and allow to sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and pat dry.