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Hanging rosemary: what varieties you can grow in the garden and what is the plant useful for?

Rosmarinus means “sea dew”. It is a wonderfully fragrant herb native to the Mediterranean region. In the Middle Ages, this herb was used for love spells. While much of us enjoy the aroma of this fresh plant, most people today grow it for its culinary uses and decorative qualities. This herb tolerates high heat and blazing sun as well as cold. The dark green leaves grow up to 5 inches long and are rich in aromatic oils. Small, pale blue to white flowers appear on the branches from March to May. Hanging rosemary thrives as one of the best and hardiest ground covers for dry regions, even in nutrient-poor and shallow soils.

Hanging rosemary: what varieties are grown?

Rosemary fits very well for garden and container growing

At least one variety of this herb is essential in a culinary herb garden. There are several low-maintenance varieties. Hanging rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis “Prostratus”) is one of them. We will show you some varieties that are well suited for cultivation.

The variety “Haifa” (Salvia rosmarinus “Haifa”).

Haifa variety is one of the most famous rosemary plants

“Haifa” is a woody perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves, but unlike most species, it grows low and is therefore well suited as a ground cover. Maximum height is 10 inches. “Haifa” is a hardy perennial with fragrant foliage and pale blue flowers in spring/summer. It prefers a light, sandy soil that fully meets its sparse nutrient needs. True to its origin, the plant prefers a sunny and sheltered location. It also tolerates frost, if it is not too windy and wet.

Hanging rosemary is a wonderful plant for the garden

The leaves of” Haifa” are extremely aromatic and can be used finely chopped to flavor a variety of dishes , especially stuffings. Many cooks simply cut sprigs and place them with roasted meats, especially lamb, pork, chicken and turkey. It also tastes wonderful chopped with roasted potatoes and in tomato sauces. The leaves can also be made into a tea to aid digestion or dried and added to dishes. You can also use the leaves in an infusion for bath water to relax muscles while stimulating the mind. Of course, it is also distilled into an essential oil and added to many cosmetic products. The plant promotes memory and in floral language it is used as a symbol of memory. It is also said to prolong life!

One of the most durable varieties: Salem rosemary.

Salem is one of the most resistant varieties

This is an easy herb to establish and a pretty and fragrant plant in any garden. In some regions it’s too hot or too cold for rosemary, and in many it’s too humid. That’s where the Salem variety comes in, a hybrid plant that is versatile in the kitchen and tolerates humid climates better than most rosemary plants. In temperate zones, the Salem variety is a perennial that, once planted, should come back year after year. In colder and warmer zones, it is also suitable as an annual plant for the container or vegetable garden. The plant grows upright and reaches about one meter high and one meter wide.

Hanging rosemary: Gorizia variety

Gorizia variety is well suited for seasoning various dishes

In Texas, this variety is nicknamed Barbecue Spit Rosemary, due to its edible and ornamental properties. The Gorizia variety is a beautiful, aromatic plant for home use. Pollinators such as bees and other beneficial insects love it. It offers a wealth of culinary possibilities – from marinades and dried herbs to using the stems as skewers for shish kebabs on the grill.

Rosemary is indispensable for the kitchen garden

It grows quickly and has a vigorous, upright habit. Its needle-like foliage is twice the size of foliage on other varieties and has incredible flavor and fragrance. The sturdy, straight stems are complemented by lush sky-blue flowers that attract bees. Plants prune well and are perfect for hedges, screens and special topiaries or simply as stand-alone plants. This variety is an ideal plant for those who love to garden, cook and use dry herbs. The plant is especially good for grilling, as the woody stem is excellent for use as a skewer.

Tuscan Blue Rosemary (“Tuscan Blue”).

Hanging rosemary Tuscan Blue thrives with lush flowers

In keeping with its name, it blooms deep blue to purple. Hanging rosemary from this variety should bloom from winter through spring. The flowers may return again in summer or fall for a smaller display. Care from this variety is relatively easy. It grows more upright than many other species and can grow up to 2 feet tall and 0.5 feet wide.

Rosemary plant gives a wonderful view in the garden

If you want to keep your plant more compact, you can cut it back sharply (up to half) in the spring after flowering. The hardiness of Tuscan blue rosemary is slightly better than other varieties. It should be able to survive up to a temperature of about -9 °C. If you live in a colder climate, you may be able to overwinter your plant by mulching it heavily in the fall and planting it in a spot protected from the wind and full sun. If you want to be sure your plant will survive the winter, grow it as a container plant and bring it indoors during the cold months.

An evergreen variety: “Blue Rain”.

The herb is widely used in cosmetics and culinary arts

This is an evergreen perennial with a spreading or cascading habit. It has gray-green, linear, fragrant leaves and light blue flowers that have a long blooming season from spring through summer. The foliage is aromatic. The plant will reach a height of 0.2 m and a width of 0.6 m after 5-10 years and is suitable for planting in lean, well-drained soil, in a sheltered, sunny location.