Whether grown in its natural shape or prunted into a Christmas tree-like pyramid, aromatic rosemary makes a delightful holiday plant. While it's indoors, give your rosemary a sunny window and regular waterings. You can transplant rosemary into the garden, but before you do, give it a week or so in a sheltered spot to help it transition from your home to natural sunlight, wind and temperatures. Rosemary grown in the garden takes full sun.
This variety of rosemary is beloved for its winter hardiness outdoors, but it also makes a fine indoor plant. The secret to success is to avoid overwatering (a clay pot helps) and growing it on the cool side through winter. Harvest leaves as needed to season meats and soups. Botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Arp’
Rosemary forms an evergreen hedge packed with fragrance. Blue flowers cover the plant in late winter to early spring, and needle-like leaves offer an aromatic perfume. Leaves can be used in cooking. Use rosemary in waterwise plantings, where its drought tolerant nature shines, or plant it as an informal hedge. Most rosemary plants, including ‘Tuscan Blue,’ are hardy in Zones 8-11, but you can find varieties like ‘Arp,’ ‘Madeline Hill’ and ‘Alcade Hardy’ that survive winters in Zone 6 and protected spots in Zone 5.
Count on clay pots to grow plants that often die from overwatering and overly moist soil, like rosemary, cacti or succulents. Unglazed terra-cotta breathes, permitting soil to dry out between waterings.
Tasty and packed with protein, these simple tomato bites are a great way to fill up guests on the cheap. As seen on Food Network, Robert Irvine shares his recipe for stuffing cherry tomatoes with a delicious chicken apple filling.
Well-planned garden beds make a graceful border for this Tudor home's front walkway. The plant palette is a mix of purple, yellow and white with ornamental grasses and evergreens providing year-round interest.
A charming stepping stone path leads from the front lawn around to the back of the house. The garden includes purple salvia, allium and geranium 'Rozanne'; white peony, viburnum, azalea, rhododendron 'multimaculatum' and Cornus Kousa; and yellow Chamaecyparis, and Alchemilla. For year-round interest, there are evergreen Ilex Glabra and ornamental grasses.