We love growing herb plants, especially rosemary plants!
Hill Hardy Rosemary is a wonderful, cold tolerant Rosemary that loves sun and needs little watering. Upright and robust, this aromatic herb has a pleasing flavor and fragrance for cooking and soaps. Similar to other varieties of Rosemary, 'Hardy Hill' is drought tolerant and cold hardy. Also known as 'Madelene Hill' Rosemary, named for the Texan herbalist, 'Hill Hardy' 's erect growth habit makes it great for topiary gardening.
A must have culinary herb for the garden that tastes great in sauces, on potatoes and with roasted meats, 'Hardy Hill' retains its strong pine flavor when cut or dried.
Characteristics: 'Hardy Hill' is a perfect cold-tolerant rosemary for us here in Zone 7. Upright and robust with a wonderful flavor for cooking.
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 Christmas time, 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?