The plants had no cultivar names, just ‘rosemary’, when purchased. Most have these blue flowers and are upright in habit.
I started experimenting with cuttings from the rosemary early on. These pots were protected in a cold frame, in the greenhouse, in the garage, in the shed and just at the side on the house under the eaves during the cold weather. They survived for the most part and were fun to play with. The ivy growing on the wall is long gone, thank goodness.
Last year I received this large square pot as a present and decided to make a little forest of the rosemary topiaries in it. The trouble was that the plants were too short for such a large pot. The decision was made to limb up the little fragile stems for more height. The scotch moss underplanted is doing great, however.
This is how these plants are now over wintered. The back of the house faces south, getting good warm winter sun. The gravel holds heat and the slope helps protect the area. The glass is one of two old shower doors from the house next door that became our garage. I highly recommend shower doors for garden use. The glass is thick, the frames are waterproof and there is a handle to hold on to. The plants are even flowering. The middle tree of the nine in the planted square didn’t survive the severe pruning done to give the ‘forest’ more height. The trunk was left standing with nothing on top and the others plant tops filled in to fool the eye. I call it a success.
This shot was taken this week. Back behind the shower door all is well. The scotch moss suffered during the drought this summer but was replanted. It will fill back in.
Rosemary has so much to offer; cooking uses, fragrance, and lovely in the landscape. There is much lore about it as well. The flowers were said to be white, then turned blue when touched by Mary’s blue cloak on her journey to Bethlehem around this time of year.