The Q&A Archives: Rosemary - variety for landscaping / cooking

Question: I would like to replace three dieing shrubs (didn't come back from the later frost) in the landscaping in front of my house with rosemary. I'm not sure which variety to plant, as there are so many to choose from. I've seen some varieties of Rosemary that grow to be 6 foot tall, and that is too large.

Could you suggest a variety of Rosemary that doesn't require a lot of water, and that won't grow out of control? Brighter colored flowers would be a plus, but not a necessity.

I figured as long as I'm going to plant a shrub, it would be nice to be able to cook with some of it as well.

Answer: Unfortunately, in your area, rosemary will not be reliably winter hardy (your zip code places you in zone 6B). If you want to experiment and try to grow it as a landscape plant, try some of the hardiest varieties such as "Hill Hardy" or "Arp" and be sure to plant in a sheltered location with protection from winter wind and in a spot with very well drained soil. Due to the typical winter damage and die back rosemaries experience at the colder end of their range, these will never grow too large.

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