Friday, March 19, 2010
'Huntington Carpet' takes a right angled turn.
'Huntington Carpet' flowers.
'Pink Majorca' flowers.
Without really trying, I seem to have accumulated a small collection of Rosemary ( Rosmarinus officinalis). A few years ago I was inspired by the Rosemary I saw growing as a landscape plant in the gardens in San Francisco; there is much use there of prostrate forms that hug the ground and drape over walls and balconies.
Here in Toronto, of course, Rosemary is not winter hardy, but loves our hot summers and long days from Spring to Fall and so they had to be in containers. I purchased two prostrate forms R officinalis 'Santa Barbara' and 'Huntington Carpet' and planted them in tall rose pots giving them a good 14" to cascade down. This has worked out very nicely and in addition to cascading, they also have the habit of growing horizontally when they hit the ground making a sharp 90 degree angle.
Last year when revisiting Richters Herbs I couldn't resist picking up R. officinalis "Pink Majorca' and on this years visit i bought 'Foxtail' which will eventually form dramatic plume-like branches and the diminutive 'Blue Boy' which I plan to train into some sort of Bonsai or topiary form.
All these plants seem to enjoy wintering in my cold greenhouse and flower profusely starting in February and can stay outside from early Spring to Late Fall.