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Types of Rosemary Plants

A creeping variety of rosemary

A creeping variety of rosemary

There are two main types of rosemary plants, both of which are quite fragrant. There are upright varieties and creeping or prostrate varieties, each with different uses, but both edible.

Uprights make splendid hedges, topiary, and specimen plants in the garden, giving them double duty since you can also snip your seasoning from your hedge!

Creeping types are excellent as ground covers, spilling over walls or adding stability to slopes.

In addition to these two main types, there are also dwarf cultivars that have a mounded habit. These are perfect for borders, containers, or rockeries. They’re also good for training and trimming as bonsai or topiary.

Have you tried growing upright, creeping, or dwarf rosemary? Which do you prefer? Please share your opinion in the comment section below.

    • Norann O.

      Have you tried Arp Rosemary? While all varieties of rosemary are considered tender perennials, Arp has the broadest USDA Hardiness Zone, going from 6 to 10. It’s also good in a container so if you’re having trouble in a garden setting you could try it in a container and just move it outside in the warmer months and indoors when it gets cooler. And don’t forget, you need well-drained soil and minimal water. Let me know if you have any luck with Arp.


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